“Wife of Aquila”
By Lindsay Kite
Lindsay Kite has a Ph.D. in Communication and is co-director of the nonprofit Beauty Redefined with her twin sister, Lexie, in Salt Lake City. She is passionate about teaching people to recognize and resist harmful messages about women’s bodies and worth through the development of body image resilience.
I opened the Bible Dictionary to look up inspirational topics. I saw “Priscilla” and was excited to click on her description because I remembered her as an early church prophetess-type who Paul loved. However, as you can see in the screenshots and my message below, I was sorely disappointed. You know how when you screenshot anything in the library, it automatically asks you if you’d like to submit the screenshot as feedback? I clicked yes and sent the following:
Hi Gospel Library Team,
I want to draw your attention to the disparity in these two Bible Dictionary entries for Priscilla and Aquila, attached. I was shocked to see the three-word entry for Priscilla (“wife of Aquila”), and even more shocked to then see Aquila’s thorough and descriptive entry detailing his/their history. Priscilla and Aquila are only mentioned *together* in scripture. They were a highly respected duo as prominent leaders and teachers in the early church. They were *not* a prominent leader/teacher and his wife. The only difference between what we know about Aquila and Priscilla is their genders, so I’m sure anyone can see how confusing it is that their Bible Dictionary descriptions are so different.
As you know, there is already a severe lack of representation of women in every type of scripture, so it is disheartening and confusing to see a named, powerful woman be minimized to “wife of __” in our index.
I believe the solution would be to duplicate Aquila’s description for Priscilla with minor changes. Or, you could update Priscilla’s entry as suggested, and then change Aquila’s entry to simply say “husband of Priscilla.” That only seems fair after all these years.
Thank you for your consideration of this needed change!
Lindsay Kite, PhD