One-Hit Wonders

The term “one-hit wonder” is most commonly used to designate musicians who had only one popular song. For example, one list of “The Greatest One-Hit Wonders of All Time” ranks the 1996 Los del Rios’ song, “Macarena,” at number one.

For purposes of this series, a “one-hit wonder” is a Bible character who is mentioned once, sometimes not even by name. Some of these characters play critical parts in important events, and some just give us an interesting glimpse into their world.

Because little is known about these minor characters, it is necessary to give them personalities that would be reasonable for the situation, then concentrate the episode of the Eyewitness Bible Series around events portrayed in the Bible.

As we often caution, we are not trying to add to what the Bible says; we are simply trying to add context that will help you understand the Bible better. We invite you to read the applicable Scriptures for these stories so you will know exactly what the Bible says.

Just as some one-hit wonder songs are a bit whimsical. Perhaps you will find some of these stories to be the same way. I hope you enjoy them, and learn some unexpected things.


Timely Rescue

Paul starts his Second Missionary Journey in about 50 AD. He eventually arrives in Corinth after teaching in Asia and Macedonia. There he meets Priscilla and Aquila, and seemingly works with them for a period of time. He lives in Corinth for about the last eighteen months of the journey.

His time in Corinth was very fruitful. He established a church, converted Priscilla and Aquila, and wrote 1 and 2 Thessalonians. He also converted two leaders of the synagogue named Crispus and Sosthenes, as well as other Jews and God Fearers who worshiped at the synagogue.

The Jews got fed up with Paul and brought him before Gallio, the proconsul of Achaia (Greece). They charged Paul with teaching about God in a way contrary to the law, but Gallio chose to interpret the charges to mean that Paul’s teaching was contrary to the Laws of Moses, not the laws of Rome. Therefore, he dismissed the charges because that was not his problem; he didn’t care about the infighting of the Jews concerning their religious interpretations.

Primary Scriptures:
Acts 18:12-17
Story Summary:
Paul is tried before Gallio
Corinth, Greece
Circa 52 AD