“Slavery” is a bad word, especially in 21st century America. Given our own nation’s gruesome history with a particular form of race-based chattel-slavery, it can be disconcerting to be reminded the the Scriptures permit, regulate, and seem to even approve of slavery. This semester, in my intermediate Hebrew class, I did a word study that examines every occurrence of the terms associated with עבד in the Pentateuch.
Here’s the pdf: Hebrew Slavery
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