Isn't slavery mentioned in the Bible?
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Not in the way America interpreted it. The slaves mentioned as in Moses time, was a bondage type of class or caste system, between the rich and powerful, and the poor people or the Hebrews, and they were in service to the Pharoah, or King. Usually to build his monuments and or pyramids in Egypt. They were all of the same race, however, which was Black. (Arabs didn't conquer Egypt until much later). There were servants that were treated well by their masters too, and were paid for their services as well. They could actually come and go as they pleased, because it was like their job. Again, these people were of the same race, not class, or caste.
The bible doesn't talk about blacks not being considered human beings, it doesn't talk about whites being superior to blacks, or any of the things that the white man used to claim that somehow made what they did justifiable.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
The Bible does not specifically condemn the practice of slavery. It gives instructions on how slaves should be treated (Deuteronomy 15:12-15; Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 4:1), but does not outlaw the practice altogether. Many see this as the Bible condoning all forms of slavery. What many people fail to understand is that slavery in the Biblical times was very different from the slavery that was practiced in the past few centuries in many parts of the world. The slavery in the Bible was not based on race. People were not enslaved because of their nationality or the color of their skin. In Bible times, slavery was more of a social status. People sold themselves as slaves when they could not pay their debts or provide for their family. In New Testament times, sometimes doctors, lawyers, even politicians were slaves of someone else. Some people actually chose to be slaves so as to have all their needs provided for by their master.
The slavery of the past few centuries was often based exclusively on skin color. Black people were considered slaves because of their nationality – many slave owners truly believed black people to be “inferior human beings” to white people. The Bible most definitely does condemn race-based slavery. Consider the slavery the Hebrews experienced when they were in Egypt. The Hebrew were slaves, not by choice, but because they were Hebrews (Exodus 13:14). The plagues God poured out on Egypt demonstrate how God feels about racial slavery (Exodus 7-11). So, yes, the Bible does condemn some forms of slavery. At the same time, the Bible does seem to allow for other forms of slavery. The key issue is that the slavery the Bible allowed for in no way resembled the racial slavery that plagued our world in the past few centuries.
History of the elimination of slavery from Christianity:
- 1 decade ago
The "biblical justification" for slavery (the afore mentioned Noah Story) is also used as a justification for anti homosexuality activities.
Joseph is sold as a slave by his brothers, there are other mentions of slavery, but in the peroids when the new and old testiments were written slavery was a common things. We've become more enlightened and realize that one human shouldn't own another.
- acgskLv 51 decade ago
Yes. Also, the Bible supports slavery like in Exodus 21:7 where it says it is ok to sell your daughter into slavery.
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- zurioluchiLv 71 decade ago
***Isn't slavery mentioned in the Bible? ***
Yes, and there were rules, checkout the below, enjoy
Exodus 21:4-6 ( NLT )
"If his master gave him a wife while he was a slave, and they had sons or daughters,
then the man will be free in the seventh year,
but his wife and children will still belong to his master.
But the slave may plainly declare,
`I love my master, my wife, and my children.
I would rather not go free.'
If he does this, his master must present him before God Then his master must take him to the door and publicly pierce his ear with an awl.
After that, the slave will belong to his master forever.
Have a blessed day.
- lady01loveLv 41 decade ago
Only to the point of mentioning how you should treat your servants and how long you should keep them as slaves. If you remember the bible was written over 2000 years ago when slavery was the norm. It wasn't right then, it's not right now.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Two forms of slavery are mentioned in the bible. First is the kind of slavery which we are familiar with, capturing people and forcing them to work against their will. The other form is where the definition of "indentured servant" would apply. If you were in debt to someone, you could go work for them as a slave to pay off your debt, sometimes they would send one of their children to do the work, usually a teenager.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Yes it is, but slavery back then was actually voluntary. If the slave earned enough money, he/she could actually pay the master for his/her freedom. Unlike slavery a century back, slavery in the bible was considered a source of income
- cozjeandaLv 51 decade ago
yes get uour bible out and look in theconcordance. here are some leviticus 25:35-55,, jeremiah 34 :8-22 ,, romans 6 :15-23 ,, galatians 4 ,,ephesians 6 :19- ,, colossians 3:22-25,, 1 timothy 6:1-2 ,, colossians 4 :1 ,, 1 peter 2 : 18-25 .. i hope this helps you
- MakemeasparkLv 71 decade ago
Yes Jesus said. "slaves be obedient to your masters" I don't believe that this was an endorsement of slavery however. Just a guidance on how to treat authority. Cause He also said "workers be content with your pay". This didn't prohibit asking for a raise either.