Priscilla / Prisca

Edited to fit better with the Latin Grammar. :0

Just an interesting bit of trivia from the Bible about Priscilla. Priscilla was Aquila’s wife in the NT. Priscilla served alongside her husband and they both served with Paul.

Acts 18:2-3
2 And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. And he went to see them,
3 and because he was of the same trade he stayed with them and worked, for they were tentmakers by trade.

Acts 18:18-19
18 After this, Paul stayed many days longer and then took leave of the brothers and set sail for Syria, and with him Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had cut his hair, for he was under a vow.
19 And they came to Ephesus, and he left them there, but he himself went into the synagogue and reasoned with the Jews.

Acts 18:24-26
24 Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, came to Ephesus. He was an eloquent man, competent in the Scriptures.
25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord. And being fervent in spirit, he spoke and taught accurately the things concerning Jesus, though he knew only the baptism of John.
26 He began to speak boldly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him and explained to him the way of God more accurately.

Yet in later books of the Bible Priscilla is referred to as Prisca. I found that quite interesting.

Romans 16:3-4
3 Greet Prisca and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus,
4 who risked their necks for my life, to whom not only I give thanks but all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks as well.

1 Corinthians 16:19 The churches of Asia send you greetings. Aquila and Prisca, together with the church in their house, send you hearty greetings in the Lord.

2 Timothy 4:19 Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.

She is Priscilla in the book of Acts written by Luke. We aren’t sure about Luke’s relationship with Priscilla and Aquila, but he refers to her in a less formal manner.  Priscilla is her nickname name. However, she is Prisca when Paul is writing about her. Although Paul was more familiar with Priscilla and Aquila because they served together, he referred to her as Prisca in his letters. Paul even lived with them at times. Another interesting fact is somehow the couple risked their necks for Paul in some manner.

It appears that Paul was encouraged, comforted and familiar with Aquila and Prisca just as Jesus was in Lazarus’s home in Bethany with Lazarus, Mary and Martha. Or like Elisha and the home of the Shunammite woman.  They are regularly mentioned in Paul’s letters.

The Lord does provide resting places along the way and companions that provide encouragement to weary travelers through this wicked world.

Whom are you called to encourage and be a comforter for?


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2 thoughts on “Priscilla / Prisca

  1. Nicknames worked in reverse in Latin. The name was Prisca; the nickname was Priscilla (a diminutive).

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    Berean Wife Reply:

    Mrs. DeMarce,

    Thank you for sharing that. I never had the opportunity to take Latin and my daughter is just in her first year of Latin.

    So one was the nickname of the other but not in the order we would normally think in English.

    I’ve learned something new. Thank you.

    Berean Wife

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