Session 12 Preparation Questions - Priscilla (Prisca) and the Role of Women
as Teachers of Men
Read Acts 18:1-3, 18-22, 26-28; Romans 16:3, 4; I Corinthians 16:19; II Timothy
4:19, and Acts 21:8, 9. Concentrate upon the role of women as teachers and especially
the possibility of women teaching men. Consider the following questions.
- Read Acts 2:17 about daughters prophesying. Do you believe
that prophesying is teaching? Do we have prophets in the church today?
- Is there mention of any specific female prophets in the New Testament?
- In Acts 18:26 why do you think that Priscilla is mentioned first?
- Do you think that Priscilla took an active role in teaching Apollos?
- Do you think that Apollos was a Christian when Priscilla and Aquila took
him side in Acts 18:26? Read the entire 18th chapter of Acts and the first
few verses of chapter 19 to determine your views.
- Is Aquila ever mentioned before Priscilla in the New Testament?
- Do you think the fact that Priscilla is mentioned first in Acts 18:26 suggests
that she took the lead in teaching the learned Apollos?
- Priscilla and Aquila moved around and probably held church in their house
(house churches). Do you think the role of women was different in house churches
than in larger gatherings?
- Is there a difference between teaching during public assemblies and teaching
privately (such as a Bible study involving a couple teaching a young preacher)?
- How do you reconcile Pauls instruction to Timothy I do not
permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man; she most be silent
(2:12) with the apparent fact that Priscilla taught Apollos?
- If a man is the teacher of a class of the church and asks a woman to teach,
does that man maintain authority over the woman? For example, if Aquila and
Apollos permitted Priscilla to participate in the teaching, did they relinquish
authority over her?