Hospitality was very important in both the Old Testament and the New Testament times. This aspect of religion was taken very seriously. Travelers could not easily find a room to rent or food to eat nor did they have much disposable income to pay for these things. It would have been very rude for a host not to provide food for a traveler or for a guest not to eat it. But if it was very late and a family’s door was shut it might take a lot of persistence to receive this hospitality.
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