In 300 pages and a strong bibliographical support, Tejero studies the current situation of the Christian family in relation to the perennial cultural 'humus' that is reflected in pagan civilizations before and during the time of Christ, and also in the Old Testament and the Hebrew customs from the apostolic age.
Tejero realistically shows that the Gospel had an impact on these institutional areas of the house, the family and marriage (which already had a clear religious meaning), in order to consolidate what was genuinely natural and to correct deviations. The "paterfamilias" was, in every "domus", the priest of a cult that affected all members of that family, and sometimes hundreds of others. Similarly, in the Acts of the Apostles there repeatedly appear cases where the whole house converted to Christianity starting with its head. Moreover, Pope Calixtus recognizes the legitimacy of marriage contracted by a woman with a man of lower status, which Roman law back then considered to be concubinage by a naive woman.
The book is important for having a realistic and scientific insight into the function of the home in the evangelizing action of Jesus, its inner transformation by the reception of the Gospel and its core contribution in the first implanting of domestic churches.
F.J. (Spain, 2015)