March 29, 2008

AQUILA AND PRISCILLA: A Script on their Marriage

Genesis provides two human creation stories. In Genesis 1 God creates humans, male and female, to be fruitful and multiply. The Genesis 2 version relates it a little differently—Adam is created first and then Eve is created from his rib.

Which ever way we read the Scripture, either as man and woman being created as equal partners or the man being created first and the woman second, we have a sense that God puts married couples together to be a team, a team that is challenged to be fruitful and multiply. The marriage of Aquila and Priscilla is an example of a relationship that personifies teamwork.

Below is a radio script my husband Monte and I presented while living in Connellsville, PA.

Tom: Aquila and Priscilla—they’re a couple that doesn’t get a lot of publicity, but they are mentioned in a number of places as a team.

Sue: The names sort of rhyme, don’t they? A rhyming pair of names like that ought to always be mentioned together, wouldn’t you say?

Tom: I guess so! But let’s get to their story.

Sue: Aquila was a Jew originally from Asia Minor.

Tom: Yes! But we find that Aquila moves to Rome. We don’t know whether he was sent as a slave or went for some other reason. He apparently met Priscilla there and they were married. We don’t know if she was a Jew or not. Then the Romans expelled all Jews from Rome and this couple went to Corinth in Greece where they took up their trade of tent making.

Sue: Tent making, you say? I can see where this is going. Paul visited Corinth and spent quite a time preaching there, and Paul also worked as a tentmaker.

Tom: That’s right. On one of Paul’s visits to Corinth he met Priscilla and Aquila, probably due to their common work as tentmakers.

Sue: Was Paul responsible for their conversion?

Tom: We don’t know. They might already have been Christians by the time Paul arrived. What we do know is this couple worked as a team—on the job and in their work for the Lord. Paul was so impressed by them he asked them to go to Ephesus with him. And they did!

Sue: Did they continue to work with Paul?

Tom: As a matter of fact, Paul left them in Ephesus when he continued his travels.

Sue: Is that the last we hear of Priscilla and Aquila?

Tom: Not at all! Right away in Ephesus they heard Apollos preaching of Christ, but only telling part of the story. His teachings stopped at Jesus’ baptism by John. Priscilla and Aquila took Apollus aside and shared the rest of the story, the parts about Jesus’ passion, death, resurrection and the Holy Spirit.

Sue: Are you saying that the two of them together were responsible for Apollos being empowered to share the full gospel story?

Tom: That’s right. This is one specific instance recorded of their ministry. They must have done much more because Paul sends greetings to them at Rome and also sends greetings from them to the Corinthians.

Sue: This couple seems to have truly worked as a team, both in their earning a living and as ministers of the gospel. They seem to be a model for one-ness in marriage that focuses on using their gifts in an equal fashion with little concern for who’s the boss and total commitment to their common mission together.


  1. Interesting! I’m writing a novel about Priscilla, so I appreciate the insights.

    Latayne C Scott

    Comment by Latayne C. Scott — September 17, 2008 @ 9:21 pm | Reply

  2. I believe my Wife and I have been called together by God to walk in the Spirit of Aquila & Priscilla. Looking for more information, book perhaps, to help our marriage ministry! God Bless!

    Comment by Rob Garner — August 17, 2009 @ 5:09 pm | Reply

  3. I, too, have been drawn to this amazing couple in recent readings of Scripture. I was so used to hearing the names together in that “rhyming fashion,” that I’d tended to overlook the incredible amount of work they accomplished. Aquilla and Priscilla seemed to have prospered wherever they were planted. They worked together, they extended friendship and hospitality together, they gently and tactfully “parented” new Christians in their Community together, and perhaps were even martyred together. They are certainly worthy of having a novel written about them and to have their marriage held up as an example for Christians today.

    As a married couple, my husband and I seem to have our names linked together most of the time as well. Now I see the grace in that. As our married years have grown in number ,those feelings of “Oneness” in our relationship have also increased. Even though our personalities and skill sets seem so opposite, somehow, together, those traits meld into “teamwork” perfectly suited for the kingdom work assigned to us. The linkage of the names implies an unbroken bond, which not only takes us back to our Genesis roots, but speaks to the world of the strength, stability, continuity and perserverence of the action of marriage, instituited by God; reaffirmed by Christ. With so many challenges to traditional marriage today, we, married couples, who are one with each other, and One in Christ, need to be the Aquillas and Priscillas for this current generation of young people.

    Comment by Patty Martell — April 17, 2012 @ 12:39 pm | Reply

    • Thank you, Patty, for your comment. Congratulations on making your marriage work…
      Carolyn Cornell Holland

      Comment by carolyncholland — April 17, 2012 @ 6:48 pm | Reply

  4. About seven years ago, I came into a fuller understanding of the ministry of Aquilla and Priscilla. I had felt prompted by God to say that I felt that mine and my husband’s ministry was like that of Aquilla and Priscilla. We had begun to work together for the first time (we were in our early 40’s) and it was WONDERFUL!! I never knew how exciting working along my husband could be! It as shortly after that that hurts and other things from our home church began to affect me. I believe the enemy had had a hand in getting us away from what the Lord had called us to do.

    Shortly after that, our life took a turn into agony. We lost vision and hope. Our marriage was under attack, as well as our personal lives. We are rebounding, but it has been a slow, uphill walk of faith.

    Just today, I called my mom and asked her to speak a word from the Bible to me…something that would speak to my heart and perhaps encourage me. She prayed, and the Lord spoke to her to tell me that I was like Priscilla. As she spoke to me, I felt vision begin to penetrate my soul again. I felt I could pursue the call of God again on my life. She did not know of what the Lord had spoken to me those 7 years ago. I felt like I could pursue God again…wholeheartedly…and I cannot help to believe that His call on our lives has not been altered. We are called to minister.

    Thank you, and God bless.

    Comment by Randi Corkey — June 19, 2012 @ 11:29 pm | Reply

    • Randi, thank you for sharing. Being in the ministry together presents many challenges that unfold during the ministry. It’s positive that you feel renewed in your purpose.

      Carolyn Cornell Holland

      Comment by carolyncholland — June 22, 2012 @ 4:05 pm | Reply

  5. I m truly blessed with the testimonies relating to Priscilla and Aquila’s ministry. My whole family_ my wife, three daughters, an adopted daughter, an adopted son and two other young guys are going into ministry to assist rehabilitating schools, poor people, homeless, orphans and those in need through a Charity foundation. God is blessing us with resources and finance after years of praying, this is becoming real. Thank everyone, and especially Randi for the inspiration and for allowing God to be heard through your mother. We all go through bad situations and problems, but getting involved in ministry together has a family opens a window not only opportunities, but enormous joy that you have never experienced before. And the devil is openly and physically fighting us, but this is just giving us more courage and determination to serve God. We are praying for you guys


    Comment by Jones Taos — October 7, 2015 @ 1:07 am | Reply

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