To support himself, Paul, though an educated man for whom work would be frowned upon, worked as a leatherworker, fixing shoes, belts, harnesses or anything made of leather, including tents. As a leatherworker, Paul could meet new customers and, since the work was rather quiet, he could engage them in religious conversations.
There would be plenty of work for him in Corinth not only because of Corinth’s large population but also because Corinth hosted the Isthmian games every two years—the second largest after the Athenian Olympics. The people who flocked to the games would need tents to live in.
In a new city, Paul could connect with other leatherworkers—which seems to be how he met the Jewish-Christian married couple Pricilla (Prisca) and Aquila, also a leatherworker who had left Rome in the persecution of Jews in 49-50 AD. In Corinth, he lived with them.
From Paul and the Eucharist: The Heart of Christian Community
By Steve Mueller
©2011 Steve Mueller
Paul and the Eucharist will be available as an e-book in the summer of 2011.