Frescoes of Paul’s Ministry, Part 17: Paul in Corinth

Paul in Corinth (Aquila & Priscilla), Domenico Tojetti Acts 18:1 - 8

Paul in Corinth (Aquila & Priscilla), Domenico Tojetti, Acts 18:1 – 8

Acts 18:1 – 8

After this, Paul left Athens and went to Corinth.  There he met a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla, because Claudius had ordered all the Jews to leave Rome.  Paul went to see them, and because he was a tentmaker as they were, he stayed and worked with them.  Every Sabbath he reasoned in the synagogue, trying to persuade Jews and Greeks.

When Silas and Timothy came from Macedonia, Paul devoted himself exclusively to preaching, testifying to the Jews that Jesus with the Christ.  But when the Jews opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, “Your blood be on your own heads!  I am clear of my responsibility.  From now on I will go to the Gentiles.”


Paul arrives in Corinth, joining Christians who have been expelled from Rome by Emperor Claudius.

He stays with two exiled Christians, Aquila and Priscilla.

They are tent makers, as is Paul’s trade.  They all work to support themselves, while Paul teaches.

Paul writes his letters of encouragement and guidance to the churches at Thessalonica, where he, Silas, and Timothy established churches.

What Are We Seeing?

Paul sits, with a scroll in his hand and others on the floor.

Priscilla listens and Aquila holds up his hands as if in praise.

A roll of tent making material sits to their left.


When have you changed your course because someone resisted your help?

Quote – Fresco 17

Paul reminded the turbulent community (at Corinth) that he had everywhere earned his living with the work of his hands; and as to  material profit, what had he not suffered from his missions? eight floggings, one stoning, three shipwrecks, and a thousand dangers from robbers, patriots, and streams.

Will Durant

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