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Aquila and Prisca (Priscilla)
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were a 1st-century Jewish Christian missionary couple. Aquila was born in Pontus; he and his wife earned their living as tentmakers. Such independent tradespeople belonged to the lower classes; there is no evidence that they had a house or a substantial business. The fact that Prisca is sometimes named before Aquila shows that she was considered the more active of the two in the eyes of the church. The two of them were among the first Christians in Rome, preaching Christianity in …

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Lampe, Peter, “Aquila and Prisca (Priscilla)”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 01 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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