Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord.
7 Therefore, brothers and sisters, you must be patient as you wait for the coming of the Lord. Consider the farmer who waits patiently for the coming of rain in the fall and spring, looking forward to the precious fruit of the earth. 8 You also must wait patiently, strengthening your resolve, because the coming of the Lord is near. 9 Don’t complain about each other, brothers and sisters, so that you won’t be judged. Look! The judge is standing at the door!
10 Brothers and sisters, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord as an example of patient resolve and steadfastness.
Constructing Early Christian Families questions the notion of "family" in early Christianity, using social models such as household and kinship to study early Christian families within the larger context of the Greco-Roman world. The functions of familial metaphors and the social function of these metaphors -- such as the exclusion of women from "brotherhood" -- are examined. Constructing Early Christian Families shows the complex picture of family relations and the manifold attitudes toward "family" in the first Christian generations.