The Roman world of the first century was one of danger, uncertainty, iron-fisted rule. During that time, Rome conquered the Mediterranean world and beyond, and the Roman culture made great strides forward in the building of systems and infrastructure—viaducts, roads, trade, etc. And yet, women were less than second class citizens.
Perhaps what is most astonishing in this snapshot of the First Century Roman Empire is that women were raised to a high level within the small, but growing offshoot of Judaism called the Way (now Christianity). So high in fact, some were elders in the church—evangelizing and teaching men as well as women. In fact, there is evidence—names carved in synagogue foundation ruins—of a few women rabbis and synagogue leaders within Judaism as well.
One of the major church leaders, among women and men alike, was Priscilla (affectionately called Prisca). She was known throughout the First Century Christian
Mediterranean world. She may have written the New Testament book of Hebrews. She and her husband Aquila opened their home as a house church. Together with Paul, the couple were tentmakers and Christian missionaries in Corinth and Ephesus.
It is into this dynamic and dangerous time and place, we enter Prisca’s world and share her experience. A world where Christ used a woman to make a world-changing difference. Her life and ministry was one of faith, hope and above all, courage. Viewed by Paul as an equal in ministry, Prisca “risked her neck” for the Apostle, to quote Paul in his letter to the Romans.
Prisca of the Early Church—Risking All for Christ is historical fiction. Based on what I have learned about Priscilla and Aquila from the Bible and other writings, I have shared facts as well as used my imagination to create their First Century Mediterranean world and their experience of faith and ministry within that world. What I have imagined and created is based on my research, so that the imaginary could have happened to those people in that place and time.