Áquila y Priscila, eslabones en la infraestructura misional paulina

     The success of early Christian expansion is generally attributed to the missionary activity of Paul and other related factors. Paul’s success was due to the strategy he chose to employ and the circle of collaborators he could count on. Despite the significant task accomplished by Paul’s co-workers, the New Testament narrative places less emphasis on their role; they are often ignored or mentioned only at random. This article examines the part played by the couple Priscilla and Aquila in the missionary activity of Paul. In doing so, the study discusses briefly the religious-cultural context of Paul’s mission indicating the conditions favorable to its success. The issue is examined in connection with the couple’s missionary activity in Rome, Corinth and Ephesus. A further aspect of the Pauline mission is brought out in examining the significance attached to the missionary couple, their ownership of a house and collaboration with Paul. Paul’s mission was a team-work and the early Christian acknowledged it in presenting the couple as a model of companionship, equal partnership, education and ecclesial engagement. The article surveys the most important studies available on the missionary couple and offers concrete suggestions for embarking on mission today.

Publicado en: Mission (Canadá) 13 (2006) 63-96.
Año de publicación: 2006