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Greco Roman House

Greco Roman HouseCarolyn Osiek and David L. Balch in "Families in the New Testament World - Households and House Churches" wrote that although Acts did not draw a correlation between the priests and the house assemblies, they found 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 created an environment in which, for seven to eight months of the year, the most pleasant place to be were 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 featured some kind of central court around which rooms were arranged and to which they gave access. The front door and whatever small windows may have opened onto the street were unprepossessing. Even some of the largest and most impressive urban houses preserved had surprisingly small, dark, and airless rooms for sleeping and other indoor functions, with the exception of dining.

"House Room Access"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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