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Jennifer A. Glancy is Georg Professor of Religious Studies at Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y. She holds a Ph.D. in Religion from Columbia University. Her numerous articles cover topics including gender studies in the apocrypha and early Christian writings, the Bible and cultural studies, and
slavery in Hellenistic Judaism and the New Testament. She is a co-author of Introduction to the Study of Religion. She currently chairs the Bible and Cultural Studies section of the Society of Biblical Literature.
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  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: FORTRESS PRESS; 1 edition (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800637895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800637897
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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Jennifer A. Glancy (Professor of Religious Studies, LeMoyne College) presents Slavery in Early Christianity, a highly scholarly examination of the prevalence of slaves and slaveholders among early Christians, particularly in the Roman Empire. Chapters scrutinize how the social histories of emerging Christian churches had their rhetoric affected by the influence of slavery, the life experiences of slaves and what it meant to be a slave in the first Christian centuries. Of particular interest is the figure of the slave in the sayings of Jesus Christ, an aspect examined at length in historical and social as well as a religious context. A welcome addition to both university library and private religious studies collections.
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This is a wonderful book about slavery in early Christianity. The chapters are well organized and informative. Jennifer A. Glancy has provided an insightful analysis of the way the early Christians understood, reacted to, and dwelt with slavery in the Greco-Roman world. Also, the footnotes are excellent. The chapter on Paul's letters was particularly interesting. The only criticism I have of this book is the small font size.
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Haven't finished this book, yet but I find the author's style to be lucid, her book well-researched and she pulls it all together to make it understandable to the layperson. One gets a picture of that time and the institution of slavery in context, and she explains how she arrived at her conclusions. A very interesting and readable book.
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