Greet Prisca and Aquila! (Rom 16:3)

“Greet Prisca!

Greet Aquila!

My fellow workers

In Christ Jesus.”

Ἀσπάσασθε Πρίσκαν καὶ Ἀκύλαν τοὺς συνεργούς μου ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ,

Paul said to greet (Ἀσπάσασθε) Prisca (Πρίσκαν) and Aquila (καὶ Ἀκύλαν)!  They were his fellow workers (τοὺς συνεργούς μου) in Christ Jesus (ἐν Χριστῷ Ἰησοῦ).  Only the Pauline letters used this word συνεργούς, that means a fellow worker, an associate, or a helper.  Acts 18:2, indicated that in Corinth, Paul met a Jewish person named Aquila and his wife Priscilla, who had just recently come from Rome because the Emperor Claudius had ordered all Jews out of Rome.  Apparently, there had been fights about the role of Jesus the Christ Messiah in the Jewish synagogues in Rome.  Aquila was from Pontus, an area around the Black Sea, in northern modern-day Turkey.  Claudius was the emperor from 41-54 CE, so that this decree might have been around 49-50 CE.  Paul went to see this Jewish Roman couple living in Corinth.  They were tent makers like him.  They probably had returned to Rome.  Their names also appeared in 1 Corinthians, chapter 16:19 and 2 Timothy, chapter 4:19.  Do you have friends in other cities?

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