Slavery in the O.T

Hi everyone,

I was wondering how slavery in the O.T. (book of numbers I think) is justified. There are parts where God allows looting, and women to be taken into slavery.

Any help regarding this would be much appreciated.

God bless.

Slavery has always existed and still exist today in many places. Slaves were the booty of war and conquest.The alternative was death.

The OT regulates the treatment of slaves, and the Israelites were considered humane by other culture’s standards.

Deut23:1515 If a slave has taken refuge with you, do not hand him over to his master.

Slavery is not regarded by the Church as something intrinsically evil. There are circumstances in which it can be morally justified. Even so, it does fall short of what we consider the Christian ideal.

Racial slvary, however, is one form that can never be justified.

From GotQuestions.Org:

The Bible does not specifically condemn the practice of slavery. It gives instructions on how slaves should be treated (Deu 15:12-15; Eph 6:9; Col 4:1), but does not outlaw the practice altogether. Many see this as the Bible condoning all forms of slavery. What many people don’t understand is that slavery in the Bible times is completely different from the slavery that was practiced in the United States in the 1700’s and 1800’s. The slavery in the Bible was not based on race at all. People were not enslaved because of their nationality or the color of their skin. In Bible times, slavery was more of a social status. People sold themselves as slaves when they could not pay their debts or provide for their family. In New Testament times, sometimes doctors, lawyers, even politicians were slaves of someone else for one reason or another. Some people actually chose to be slaves so as to have all their needs provided for by their master. The slavery of the 1700’s and 1800’s was based on skin color. Black people were considered slaves because of their nationality – most slave owners truly believed black people to be “inferior human beings” to white people. This is similar to the slavery the Jews experienced when they were in Egypt. The Jews were slaves, not by choice, but because they were Jews (Exo 13:14). The plagues God poured out on Egypt demonstrate how God feels about racial slavery (Exo 7-11). So, yes, the Bible does condone slavery. However, the slavery the Bible allowed for in no way resembled the racial slavery that plagued our world in the past few centuries.

Hope that helps.

In the OT divource was allowed, but Jesus later took that away saying it was a concession to human weakness. Maybe slavery is along the same lines. Recognizing our sinfullness God didn’t start by pronouncing a total ban on it. Overtime he revealed more of his will on this manner to slowly lead us away from the practice of slavery.

When the Southen Kingdom was taken away to Babylon (Book of Isaiah) God uses this event to let the Israeliest pay for their sins of accepting pagan worship and intermarrages among the pagans.
Simply, they forgot God!
Harken back to Joseph in Genesis, what was meant of evil God turns around for good!

Go with God!
Edwin

In 1 Timothy 1:10, Paul lists slave traders (some translations, “kidnappers”) as sinful people. Presumably, then, he was not a big fan of the institution of slavery-even if he tolerated it as a social reality.

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