23 Aug '15, 8pm

@EtotheNev finally getting around to researching Paul's household codes // here's a post from Rachel Held Evans

@EtotheNev finally getting around to researching Paul's household codes // here's a post from Rachel Held Evans

Many Roman officials believed the household to be such an important part of Pax Romana that they passed laws ensuring its protection. In fact, Christians were finding themselves at odds with some of these laws—particularly those governing widows—which is probably why Peter and Paul address them. How are people seeking to dismantle the divides between Jew and Gentile, slave and free, male and female supposed to live in a society where these divisions were so central to the culture and where doing so my arouse even more suspicion and persecution? This is what members of the early church were wrestling with when Peter and Paul wrote their household codes. The apostles weren't imposing a new structure onto marriage. They were addressing a structure that already existed and instructing new believers on how to bring Christ into that structure. These passages do not introduce a n...

Full article: http://rachelheldevans.com/blog/four-interpretive-pitfall...

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