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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Priscilla / Prisca

What does the bible have to say about her that leads women to believe they can go against the clear command that women are to be silent and are not to teach or to usurp authority over the man?

Acts 18:2 she was the wife of Aquila
Acts 18:18 she sailed with her husband and Paul into Syria
Acts 18:26 Aquila and Priscilla helped Apollos learn the way of God more perfectly
Romans 16:3 Paul calls Aquila and Priscilla his helpers in Christ
1 Cor 16:19 they (husband and wife) send greetings to the Corinthian church at the end of Paul's letter to the Corinthians. Paul also says the "church that is in their house" sends greetings too.
2 Timothy 4:19 Paul sends Prisca and Aquila greetings, as well as the household of Onesiphorus.

She is mentioned 6 times in the New Testament, each time with her husband. Somehow from this women glean that they may teach and preach to others because "Priscilla did." "She helped build the church!" "She taught the church that was in her house!"

Just because she is mentioned in the bible when the church was being formed does not mean she was the one doing all the 'moving and shaking'. It is more likely, and more biblical, that she was simply helping her husband - just as God created her to do. To say that she was the one making things happen is to totally go outside of what is stated in the scriptures. Nowhere in the passages that speak of Priscilla and her husband does it say that she had the dominant role, and if she did she would have been totally out of order. It is clear that they were a godly couple because Paul loved them very much and God used them in a great way. Paul, who was as righteous as he knew how to be, thought very highly of them. I do not think I am out of line when I say that if she were not in her proper place Paul would not have thought so much of them and neither would have God.

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