Dr. Elizabeth Roberts' important work on the working-class lives in industrial towns
yields several testimonies on the extent of the parents' authority over their children. One
woman told Dr. Roberts this about the woman's mother: "She wasn't bossy, but she was
the prevailing spirit in the house you know. We knew that and we were brought up that
way, if mother said it you did it, and it wasn't a case of I'll ask m'dad" (Elizabeth Roberts, A Woman's Place: An Oral History of Working Class Women, 1890-1940 [Oxford: Blackwell's, 1996]).
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The bride-to-be was obviously nervous. It was only the rehearsal, but already the pastor could see that tomorrow’s wedding might be in for problems.
“You’re letting it all get to you,” he told her gently, as he pulled her aside. “Just take it one little step at a time. When you get to the door with your father tomorrow afternoon, look only at the aisle ahead of you. You’ve walked it hundreds of times, every Sunday when you come to church. Think only of that.
This story about Peter's mission to the Gentiles continues the account that began in 10:1, and it repeats in greater detail the content of Peter's vision that was already mentioned in 10:9-16. It is a remarkable story, because it treats rather lightly a dispute that was widespread in the New Testament church, the dispute over conditions to be laid upon Gentile converts to the faith.