Restoring Kol Israel: The Role of the Husband

As we continue our headship study we need to keep in mind that the Scriptures are almost completely opposed to our modern cultural understanding of family structure, morals and responsibility. One major aspect of this is the role of a husband in this thing we call marriage.

While we generally assume that ‘husband’ means ‘male spouse in a marriage,’ the older definitions, and especially the verb forms are quite instructive:

From Dictionary.com,

noun

a married man, especially when considered in relation to his partner in marriage.

British. a manager.

Archaic. a prudent or frugal manager.

verb (used with object)

  • to use frugally; conserve: to husband one’s resources.
  • to manage, especially with prudent economy.

Archaic.

  • to be or become a husband to; marry.
  • to find a husband for.
  • to till; cultivate.

Husband, in its purest form is a manager of resources or cultivator.  One might specifically call to mind a vinedresser, or one who guards, prunes, trains and harvests from a vine.

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