Who was Priscilla?

Readers of the Bible may know her as the wife of Aquila, Paul's coworker, or someone who explained God to Apollos. Biblical references to Priscilla spark questions: Why is she mentioned before her husband? Does the mention of her instruction of Apollos mean that women taught in the church? What is her story?

Ben Witherington addresses these questions and more in Priscilla: The Life of an Early Christian. In this work of historical fiction, Priscilla looks back on her long life and remembers the ways she has participated in the early church. Her journey has taken her to Ephesus, Corinth, and Rome, and she's partnered with Paul and others along the way.

Priscilla's story makes the first-century biblical world come alive and helps readers connect the events and correspondence in different New Testament books. Witherington combines biblical scholarship and winsome storytelling to give readers a vivid picture of an important New Testament woman.


1. From the Beginning
2. The Journey to Jerusalem
3. The Cost of Pentecost
4. Mad Caligula, and Persistent Aquila
5. A Marriage Arranged in Roma
6. Banished!
7. Paulus the Apostle in Corinth
8. On to Ephesus
9. Enter Apollos
10. Demons and Dark Arts in Ephesus
11. Riot in the Theater, Wild Beasts in Ephesus
12. Return to Greece
13. The Death of Claudius, the Return to Roma
14. Joanna/Junia
15. Paulus’s Farewell at Miletus
16. The Collection and Its Collectors Reach Jerusalem
17. Paulus the Prisoner in Caesarea and the Struggles of the Ekklesia in Roma
18. At Last! Paulus’s Arrival in Roma
19. House Arrest and the Captivity Epistles
20. The Release of the Apostle
21. The Conflagration
22. Peter Takes Charge and Writes of Suffering
23. Christ Followers as Roman Candles
24. Burned Out Christianoi—the Temptation to Defect
25. A Surprise Ending, and a Return to the East
26. John Mark and the Abomination That Makes Desolate
27. Titus Rules, and the Volcano Erupts
28. “You Must Increase, While We Decrease”
29. Unnerved Nerva and the End of Days


Ben Witherington III (PhD, University of Durham) is a prominent evangelical scholar and Jean R. Amos Professor of New Testament for Doctoral Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary. Witherington has written over forty books, including The Jesus Quest and The Paul Quest, both of which were selected as top biblical studies works by Christianity Today. His other works include The Indelible Image, Women and the Genesis of Christianity, The Gospel Code, A Week in the Life of Corinth, and commentaries on the entire New Testament. He also writes for many church and scholarly publications and is a frequent contributor to Patheos and Beliefnet.

Witherington is an elected member of the prestigious Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas, a society dedicated to New Testament studies. He is a John Wesley Fellow for Life, a research fellow at Cambridge University, and a member of numerous professional organizations, including the Society of Biblical Literature, Society for the Study of the New Testament, and the Institute for Biblical Research. He previously taught at institutions like Ashland Theological Seminary, Vanderbilt University, Duke Divinity School, and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

An ordained pastor in the United Methodist Church and a popular lecturer, Witherington has presented seminars for churches, colleges, and biblical meetings around the world. He has led numerous study tours through the lands of the Bible and is known for bringing the text to life through incisive historical and cultural analysis. Along with many interviews on radio and television networks across the country, Witherington has been seen in programs such as 60 Minutes, 20/20, Dateline, and the Peter Jennings ABC special Jesus and Paul—The Word and the Witness.

Read Witherington's Patheos blog The Bible and Culture.

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