Early Israelites Lived in Extended Households

As we study the Bible, I’ll post some tidbits here that might elevate your thinking about what you read.  So, today, think about what it might be like to live with your grandparents or parents.  How do you incorporate the stories and lives of those in your family whom have passed?

Most of the Israelites in the Iron I and Iron II periods lived in extended households.  Families were composed of multiple generations (up to 3) and may have had multiple wives.  Sons would have stayed in the same household and daughters would have married out.  They would have lived together in one house.  Ancestors could also still be considered part of the extended family.