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The Colossian household code (Col. 3.18-4.1) is structured in three pairs of reciprocal relationships: wife-husband, children-father, and slave-master. This code, on the one hand, enjoins the submission of wives to their husbands, obedience of children to their parents and obedience of slaves to their masters as their Christian duty. On the other hand, the code enjoins husbands to love their wives and not to be harsh with them, fathers not to infuriate their children, and masters to treat their slaves fairly. Literally speaking, this code suggests that the wife, children and slaves are subordinate members of the Christian household, while the husband, father or master – paterfamilias- is the dominant member of the Christian household. The Colossian code has been criticised as unjust and therefore unfit for contemporary ethical teaching by modern and postmodern biblical critics, who subject biblical texts to modern moral judgement. This is because the text is alleged to encourage slavery and patriarchy. (Meeks, 1996; Schüssler Fiorenza, 1983)
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