B 93 Slavery in the New Testament (2019)


For those reading the Bible in a culture that has outlawed slavery, it is easy to see the language of being ‘a slave of Christ’ as a poetic metaphor. 

But for the writers and first readers of the New Testament, slavery was a social reality. When we explore the reality of slavery in the Roman Empire, these metaphors sometimes have a vivid force—and raise some important ethical questions that need to be addressed.

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Author: Caryn Reeder

Caryn Reeder is Professor of New Testament at Westmont College in Santa Barbara, California. She is the author of ‘The Enemy in the Household: Family Violence in Deuteronomy and Beyond’ (Baker Academic, 2012) and ‘Gendering War and Peace in the Gospel of Luke’ (Cambridge University Press, 2018).

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