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Enjoyed Supreme Power

Medieval Picture Of HouseholdThe Christian House of Faith, even under the Roman Empire, was a complex institution. The patron was its undisputed house leader and 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 and slaves in his household who remained under his unquestioned protection and power. Occasionally, we find a female household leader with the respect of the whole group.

Undisputed Leader

Dr Michael GreenDr Michael Green (1930-present) the British theologian and evangelist in "Evangelism in the Early Church" wrote of the Christian house head that apart from his own kith and kin, the "house" 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 but remained in a looser connection to it.

"Christian House Head"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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