Biblical Slavery

Slave. The institution of slavery was recognized, though not established, by the Mosaic law, with a view to mitigate its hardship and to secure to every man his ordinary rights.

I. Hebrew slaves. — The circumstances under which a Hebrew might be reduced to servitude were —

(1) poverty;

(2) the commission of theft; and

(3) the exercise of paternal authority.

Under this definition, what’s the difference between the biblical definition and a modern employee? What’s the difference with being on welfare? Either situation, you’re beholden to someone else for your life.

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