Pastoral Epistles 09 – Care of Widows

July 7, 2012

In the society surrounding the early Christian community, there was no support network for widows. Paul instructs that if an older woman’s husband dies, and this woman devotes herself to the work of the Church and vows never to marry again, the community should support that woman if the woman’s family is not present. Younger women should not be pressed prematurely into this sort of vow.

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