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Haus +‎ Tafel. This term was first used in Martin Luther's commentary on family member duties as prescribed in scriptural passages such as Ephesians chapters 5 and 6.


Haustafel f (genitive Haustafel, plural Haustafeln)

  1. (Christianity) The proper domestic or household order in the Christian home. It implies the highly practical nature of the instructions: an individual's "haustafel duties" are not related to abstract beliefs they are expected to hold to, but rather to specific actions they are expected to perform.