[quote="Mike_from_NJ, post:5, topic:304656"]
I've never bought that argument. God can tell his people to cut off their foreskins, that they can be put to death for picking up sticks on the sabbath, that they have to wear certain types of fringes, that they can't eat certain foods, and scads of other very specific rules; but somehow telling the Israelites that they can't own another person is just too much for God?
While there were people who pointed to the bible as a reason to end slavery, there were as many people who pointed to its various passages as a reason not to end it. It was the American Civil War which ended slavery in America, not the bible or even Uncle Tom's Cabin.
This is another argument which I have never bought. First off, there were different rules for Jewish and non-Jewish slaves, where the former couldn't leave after any number of years and the latter had to give us his family if he wanted to be free. Second, the bible allows for the manslaughter of a slave so long as he doesn't die the same day that he's beaten. That is not indentured servitude but an act most vile.
Actually what you believe is irrelevant, the fact of the matter is that jews had strict laws that governed this practice
Deuteronomy 15:12 If a fellow Hebrew, a man or a woman, sells himself to you and serves you six years, in the seventh year you must let him go free.
Exodus 21:3 If he comes alone, he is to go free alone; but if he has a wife when he comes, she is to go with him.
Leviticus 25:39 "'If one of your countrymen becomes poor among you and sells himself to you, do not make him work as a slave.
Leviticus 25:40 He is to be treated as a hired worker or a temporary resident among you; he is to work for you until the Year of Jubilee.
It is supposed that the term six years is to be understood as referring to the sabbatical years; for let a man come into servitude at whatever part of the interim between two sabbatical years, he could not be detained in bondage beyond a sabbatical year; so that if he fell into bondage the third year after a sabbatical year, he had but three years to serve; if the fifth, but one. See Clarke's note on Exodus 23:11, etc. Others suppose that this privilege belonged only to the year of jubilee, beyond which no man could be detained in bondage, though he had been sold only one year before.