We all know it's wrong to own another human as private property
But, when it comes to the bible and slavery - and we mention the slavery:
If thou buy an Hebrew servant....
If a man sell his daughter to be a maidservant....
And if a man smite his servant, or his maid, with a rod, and he die under his hand; he shall be surely punished. Notwithstanding, if he continue a day or two, he shall not be punished: for he is his money.
If he have nothing, then he shall be sold for his theft.
If the priest buy any soul with his money....
And if thy brother that dwelleth by thee be waxen poor, and be sold unto thee....
Both thy bondmen, and thy bondmaids, which thou shalt have, shall be of the heathen that are round about you; of them shall ye buy bondmen and bondmaids. Moreover of the children of the strangers that do sojourn among you, of them shall ye buy, and of their families that are with you, which they begat in your land: and they shall be your possession. And ye shall take them as an inheritance for your children after you, to inherit them for a possession; they shall be your bondmen for ever.
Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ.
Servants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh; not with eyeservice, as menpleasers; but in singleness of heart, fearing God.
1 Timothy 6:1
Let as many servants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honour, that the name of God and his doctrine be not blasphemed.
Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again; Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
1 Peter 2:18
Servants, be subject to your masters with all fear; not only to the good and gentle, but also to the froward.
Skeptics Annotated Bible
There is this immediate apologetic garbage presented, in the form of "Employment."
Claiming, that it is just a failure in the translation.
They usually cite the hebrew word Achuzzah, saying it was a possession.
Which, itself is a hell of a stretch from, employee to possession [ownership?]
Well, Just to be perfectly clear, with the “Translation excuse.”
Possession, does not mean something you watch over or some nonsense like that.
AchuzzahSo, i guess none of this would sound like slavery?
Original Hebrew: אחזה
- Grasp, Take hold, Seize, Take possession
- To grasp, Take hold of
- To be caught, Grasped, Be settled
- To enclose, Overlay
[Note: This is a Verb.]
Lets have a look at another word which appears throughout the chapters outlined above.
Original Hebrew: מָכַר Makar [pronounced maw-kar’]And as we well know Woman (Mothers, Wives, Daughters) are respected...
- To sell
- Seller (Participle)
- To be sold
- To sell oneself
- To be given over to death
- To sell
- To sell oneself (as merchandise, as a daughter in marriage).
1 Timothy 2:9-15 9 In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array; 10 But (which becometh women professing godliness) with good works. 11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence. 13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. b Notwithstanding she shall be saved in childbearing, if they continue in faith and charity and holiness with sobriety.
I've Deconstructed This Passage
Apologetics Fail Much?
Now, heres some food for thought for those fantastic apologetics.
The word “servants” come from the Greek; doulos meaning a slave.
Now don't start dealing the “employee” excuse, As though they had no slaves at that time. If this was the case why then use a word that as its main and primary meaning meant “slave?”
Heres a bonus extra:
“Servants, be obedient to them that are your masters according
to the flesh, with fear and trembling, in singleness of your heart, as unto Christ;”
This verse was read regularly in churches in the south whilst they practiced slavery, to show that the “good book” agreed with the practice.
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