We learn in Acts 18.1-3 that Paul began his ministry in Corinth by joining Aquila and Priscilla, who were fellow tentmakers. The trade of tentmaking “would have been appropriate for someone who traveled as much as Paul did since it did not require that he carry heavy equipment from place to place." However, the tentmaking business was not simply a convenience for Paul, but more importantly, it placed him in the center of the pagan world: the marketplace. As New Testament scholar James Dunn observes, “knowing Paul’s commitment to evangelism, it is probable that he used the time [as a tentmaker] also to forward his missionary work.” R.F. Hock adds: “It is difficult to imagine Paul not bringing up the subject of the gospel during discussions with fellow-workers, customers, and others who entered the shop." It is likely that Paul’s first task after entering into a city would have the establishment of his tentmaking shop, the establishment of a cultural connection. Paul’s interaction with the prevailing culture of his time provided an opportunity to invite the citizens of Corinth, who were primarily Greek, to participate in the new Christian community he was attempting to establish.
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