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Hausvater: /HAUS-fah-ter/
noun (German)
1. Housefather.
2. Spiritually responsible head of household, including the housefather as assisted by the housemother.
>> Example: "As the Hausvater should teach it [Christian doctrine] to the entire family ..."
(Martin Luther, Small Catechism, 1529)


The Family Is the Church and State in Miniature

It was in the bosom of the family that Jesus performed His first miracle [i.e., turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana]. He begins in this narrow circle. There is an object-lesson in this fact. The family is the Church and State in miniature.

Johannes Ylvisaker, The Gospels: A Synoptic Presentation of the Text of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John with Explanation Notes (1905; trans., Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1932), 137.

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