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Household Family Faith 121

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Evening Lake and Purple CloudsTo be part of a household was to be part of a larger network of relations, of two sorts. Within the household, 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.

Family Links

Second, between this household and others households there were Christian house networks with links of kinship and of friendship, 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.✞

"Christian House Networks"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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