Christian Household Head
Next Previous Index Tellout Home

Enjoyed Supreme Power 116

Servants Slaves Relatives

Medieval Picture of HouseholdThe Christian Household of Faith, even under the Empire, was a complex institution. The patron was its undisputed household head. He enjoyed supreme power over the members of his family whom he could try at a family court if he felt so disposed, and in particular over the women folk and slaves in his household who remained under his unquestioned protection and power.

Undisputed Leader

Dr Michael GreenDr Michael Green in "Evangelism in the Early Church" writes, that apart from his own kith and kin, the "household" would include the slaves, who were dependent on it for their livelihood and place (such as it was) in society, also the freedmen, who frequently took the family name and remained in a looser connection to it.

"Christian Household Head"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

^Top Page Next Previous