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Slaves in the New Testament: Literary, Social, and Moral Dimensions Paperback – October 1, 2005

ISBN-13: 978-0800637811 ISBN-10: 080063781X

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Fortress Press (October 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 080063781X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800637811
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,448 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


"This is a challenging book that will compel interpreters not only to reevaluate some key early Christian texts that relate to slavery...but to reflect more generally about the role of Bible within religious debates about family." Alicia Batten

From the Back Cover

"Harrill combines wide-ranging knowledge of ancient sources with a sharp eye for the jugular of a text. The result is that rare thing in biblical scholarship, genuinely fresh insights into an old question. A book both delightful and disturbing, Slaves in the New Testament demolishes a card house of wishful thinking about early Christian views on slavery. Everyone who believes that the Bible has something to say about moral issues needs to pay attention."
-- Wayne A. Meeks, Woolsey Professor Emeritus of Biblical Studies Department of Religious Studies, Yale University

"Far more than a historical study of slavery in early Christianity, Harrill's remarkable book raises profound moral questions for the field of Biblical Studies and for the Christian churches. Nineteenth-century debates over whether the Bible supports slavery forged the schools of thought that shape today's debates over lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgendered rights; the full emancipation of women; or capital punishment. Harrill deftly analyzes a range of New Testament and other Christian sources, demonstrating how frequently they echo Roman society's slave-holding values and anxieties about living with people forcibly held in bondage."
-- Bernadette Brooten, Robert and Myra Kraft and Jacob Hiatt Professor of Christian Studies, Brandeis University

More About the Author

J. Albert Harrill is Professor of Classics at The Ohio State University. He is the author of Slaves in the New Testament: Literary, Social, and Moral Dimensions (2006) and The Manumission of Slaves in Early Christianity (1995). He has also contributed to numerous reference works on the Bible and Christianity, and his articles have appeared in journals including the Journal of Early Christian Studies, Studia Patristica, and Religion and American Culture.

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