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Household Family

Evening Lake and Purple CloudsTo be part of a Christian house network was to be part of a larger organisation of relations, of two sorts. Within the house, a vertical but not quite single chain connected unequal roles, from slave to family head to God through Jesus Christ the Lord. In the most intimate way, it also included bonds between client and patron and a number of analogous but less formal relations of protection and subordination within the household itself.

Family Links

Second, between this Christian house network and other households there were links of kinship and of friendship especially between the household heads, which also often entailed obligations and expectations. These connections, however, were not necessarily always formal. Both along and between these lines there were often strong ties of feeling and voluntary loyalty as part of the structure of the Roman Empire.

"Christian House Network"
by Ron Meacock © 2018

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