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Significant Benefactors

Greco Roman HouseCarolyn Osiek and David L. Balch in "Families in the New Testament World - Households and House Churches" say that although Acts does not draw a correlation between the priests and the house assemblies, we find a consistent pattern of converts who could have been significant benefactors, including the provision of homes as places for the community to gather. Water installations such as those in the Palatial Mansion could also have functioned for Christian baptisms.✞

Outside Living

The mild, brief, rainy Mediterranean winters and long, hot, dry summers create an environment in which, for seven to eight months of the year, the most pleasant place to be is outside, in the shade by day and under the stars by night. Thus the basic design of the Greco-Roman house of the early imperial period features some kind of central court around which rooms are arranged and to which they give access. The front door and whatever small windows may open onto the street are unprepossessing. Even some of the largest and most impressive urban houses preserved have surprisingly small, dark, and airless rooms for sleeping and other indoor functions, with the exception of dining.

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by Ron Meacock © 2017

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