Saturday, November 19

Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Ethics of Biblical Scholarship

I did not know the extent of the support that slavery had in the Bible but when I read this book review, I was quite surprised. Have put this into my to be read pile, but in the meantime, just check the main points of the book. The book also talks about how the various popes and other luminaries did / didn't do. Fascinating stuff. One of the worst crimes that man commits on his fellow man.

3. Near Eastern Ethics and Slavery
Mesopotamian Beginnings
Egypt and Divine Care for Humanity
Hittites and Lex talionis
Greece and the Bonds of Freedom
Rome: Home of Slavery and Freedom
The Imago Dei and Universal Inequality

4. Slavery in the Hebrew Bible/Old Testament
Lexicographers as Apologists
Genesis 1:26: Let Dominion Begin
Genesis 3:16 and Female Subjugation
Genesis 9:19-27 and Noah’s Curse
Genesis 16: Rape of a Slave Woman?
Genesis 17:12 and Genital Mutilation
Genesis 17:23: Abraham, the Blessed Slavemaster
Exodus 1-15: A Liberationist Paradigm?
Exodus 20:10 / Deuteronomy 5:12-15 and the Sabbath
Exodus 21:1-6 and Term Limits
Exodus 21:16 and “Manstealing”
Exodus 21:20: Killing Slaves
Exodus 21:26-27: Beating Manumission
Leviticus 25:42: Who’s your Master?
Leviticus 25:35-43: Jubilee Manumission
Leviticus 25:44-46: Enslaving Outsiders
Deuteronomy 15 and Inner Biblical Progress
Deuteronomy 23:15: Fugitive Slaves
1 Samuel 8: Exclusive Service to Yahweh?
Ezra 2:64-65 and Slave Societies
Job 31:13-15 and Justice for Slaves
Joel 2:28-29: Possessing Slaves

5. Slavery in the New Testament
Matthew 7:12: The Golden Rule
Acts 17:26 and Human Unity
1 Corinthians 7:21: Better to Remain in Slavery?
Galatians 3:28: A Magna Carta of Humanity?
Galatians 4:7: No Longer Slaves?
Ephesians 6:5: Obedience through Terror
Philippians 2:4-6: Slavery as Human Destiny
Colossians 3:18-4:1: The Magic of Socio-Rhetorical Criticism
1 Timothy 1:10: Manstealing
1 Timothy 6: Honoring Christian Slavemasters
Philemon: What Are You Insinuating?
Why Was the New Testament Not More Vocal?

6. Christ as Imperial Slavemaster
Imperial Political Rhetoric 101
Christ as Emperor
Christ as Slavemaster
Jesus and God’s Plantation
Christ and the Least of my Brethren
Christ, the Torture Master
Are Believers Friends of Slaves?

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