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They consider the husband-father to be 'sovereign' over his household—the family leader, provider, and protector.

They call for a wife to be obedient to her head, (her husband).

The law of Patria Potestas (Latin for "Rule of the Fathers") gave a husband equally severe power over his children and slaves. Crouch concludes that the early Christians found in Hellenistic Judaism a code which they adapted and Christianized.

The Staggs believe the several occurrences of the New Testament Household Code in the Bible were intended to meet the needs for order within the churches and in the society of the day.

These views range from Christian egalitarianism that interprets the New Testament as teaching complete equality of authority and responsibility between the man and woman in marriage, all the way to Patriarchy that calls for a “return to complete patriarchy” in which relationships are based on male-dominant power and authority in marriage: 1.

Conservative Christians consider marriage as the most intimate of human relationships, a gift from God, and a sacred institution.

Protestants consider it to be sacred, holy, and central to the community of faith.

"The form of the code stressing reciprocal social duties is traced to Judaism's own Oriental background, with its strong moral/ethical demand but also with a low view of woman....

At bottom is probably to be seen the perennial tension between freedom and order....

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