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Household Rules
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The so-called household rules are NT parenetic lists describing the duties of the members of Christian households (the oikos, which included wives and husbands, children and parents, slaves and masters). In the strict sense they occur in the NT only in Col. 3:18–4:1 and Eph. 5:22–6:9. Closely related are the passage on socioethical duties in 1 Pet. 2:13–3:9 and various unstructured statements (1 Tim. 2:8–15; 6:1–2; Titus 2:1–10; 3:1–2; 1 John 2:12–14; 1 Clem. 1.3; 21.6–9; Ign. Pol. 4–6; Pol. Phil. 4.1–6.1; Did. 4.9–11; Barn. 19.5–7). The household rules set Christia…

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Strecker, Georg, “Household Rules”, in: Encyclopedia of Christianity Online. Consulted online on 24 July 2024 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2211-2685_eco_H315>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004169678, 20080512



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