Catholic Dictionary




A Jewish tentmaker married to Priscilla. They evidently traveled considerably, for they are mentioned as having been in Asia Minor, Rome, Corinth, and Ephesus. Paul made their acquaintance in Corinth, working with them in their common trade, and lodged with the, (Acts 18:1-2). When Paul's preaching took him to Syria, Aquila and Priscilla accompanied him. Evidently they aided his work with their hospitality (Acts 18:18); in the final greetings that Paul wrote in his Epistle to the corinthians, he included "Aquila and Priscilla, with the church that meets at their house" (I Corinthians 16:19). And in his Epistle to the Romans, he spoke warmly of these two devoted followers "who risked death to save my life" (Romans 16:3). (Etym. Latin aquila, eagle.)