Sunday, July 09, 2006


The preacher today was preaching on Philemon. He referred to Philemon's love and care for the church:

Philemon hosted the church meetings in his home. He was willing to put up with people bringing in mud onto his cream carpets.

Who says he did not ask those attending to politely remove their shoes? I certainly would have done.

It is generally thought that ancient Greeks removed their shoes when entering homes. I am not certain of Philemon's ethnicity, but he was probably more likely to have been Greek than Roman (the Romans kept their shoes on in homes).


Redeemed said...
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Redeemed said...

Interesting, Matthew. I didn't know that the Ancient Greeks removed their shoes off at the door, and that Romans didn't.

I have a feeling Philemon had to put up with a lot more that just having people removing their shoes off or not.

Going back to the Ancient Greeks, did they even have carpets in their homes?

The IBEX Scribe said...

Was it only the Jewish custom to remove sandals & have feet washed prior to a meal? Does that fit in to this scenario, Matthew?

Removing shoes is about more than just carpets, Sarah. It is about protecting the floors and keeping them as free as possible from the dirt and potential pollutants regardless of the flooring. :)

Dyspraxic Fundamentalist said...

Sarah, the ancient Greeks did not have carpets, but their streets were probably very dusty and dirty.

Interestingly, the Greeks often went barefoot outdoors in summer.

Angie, ancient Hebrews probably practised shoes-off, but so did the ancient Greeks. The Romans removed their sandals before reclining for dinner.

You are right about it not being a carpet issue. Lots of cultures where they do not use carpets practice shoes-off at the door.

Every Blessing in Christ


Redeemed said...

Thanks for explaining, Matthew, and Angie, right on :)

The IBEX Scribe said...

Thanks, Sarah.