Chapter two talks about “dutiful and less than dutiful wives”, it gives examples of couples (ex. Priscilla and Aquila) describing how life was like in those days. It shows how wives bore influence on their husbands and house churches alike.
Chapter three and four, talks about birthing, nursing, childcare and education and general life in the household. These chapters gives great detail to the turmoil of abortion, infanticide and the role of the slave. It shows the feeling of the time regarding abortion and exposure of children. The chapter shows how the house church was a place where births, nursing, and children at play took place. It could be a “noisy and bustling place”. (67) A small amount of emphasis and information is provided about girls in the community, and shows that a women’s education did not stop in childhood. Women taught other women about various issues from becoming a widow to issues regarding their spiritual lives. The fifth chapter talks about slavery in the ancient times, Roman law, the involvement of Christians and Jews in oppression. The chapter also illustrates the role sex played in slavery. Slaves did not possess their own bodies especially when it came to sexual relations. A slave was to have “complete sexual availability to his or her owner.”(103) Chapter six, highlights marriage and Ephesians chapter five. The passage illustrates that in a women’s purity she can gain influence, they carried this influence at home, thus filtering down to give these same women influence in their communities.
Chapters seven and eight show that women were leaders in their households, particular when it came to domestic responsibilities of managing the household as well as cooking. Abilities to be a great hostess and organizer allowed them to be looked upon as leaders in Christian assemblies. Women were indeed banquet hosts and funerary facilitators, raising glasses and “toasting to the departed but were also directed to everyone in the household.”(192) Chapter nine, based on fictional pieces from ancient Rome, showing that women were patrons of these early Christian communities. Women could not vote, or be elected, but they still “extorted political pressure”, conducted business and used their wealth to assist others within society. (199)