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Explanation On The Slavery In The Hebrew Bible.

  1. Let’s start with the context. In the beginning Jews didn’t have a king but judges and God was their king.

Now lets skip to 1 Samuel 8:

There Jews asked Judge Samuel for a king as other nations around them have. And Samuel was displeased with it. And God Spoke to Samuel and said: It’s not you that they have rejected but their rejected Me as their king. As they have done until i brought them out of Egypt, forsaking me and serving other gods.

Now listen to them and warn them about what King who will reign over them will do: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants.

2. Now in the same way God didn’t want jews to have slaves, as they were themselves slaves in egypt but they still did at that time.

And Israelites wanted Moses to gave them a law on how to keep their slaves, so God Inspired Moses to write a law for Israelites on how to keep their slaves.

  1. In this way at least, slaves were humanized and treated more fairly.

4.Also you need to take historical circumcances into consideration. Even today our countries have slaves we just call them prisoners.

  1. Majority of hebrew slaves were either captives of war and people falling into the slavery to pay off debt. Both of these two we have today too.

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