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Bibil Identifier bibil:144456
Publication Type Book
Title (English, Long) Jewish Slavery in Antiquity
Author Hezser, Catherine
Review article Catherine Hezser, Jewish Slavery in Antiquity. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2005
Year (Publication) 2005
Year (Copyright) 2005
Year (Original (1st Edition)) 2005
Year (Reference) 2005
Library BCU/Dorigny, Lausanne
Signature UPA 21876
Place 933
Department Antiquité
Publishing house Oxford University Press
Place Oxford et al.
ISBN 0-19-928086-X
Edition number 1
Language English
Pages 438 Pages
xi Pages
height in cm 23
Genre Original
Abstract This book is an historical-critical study of Jewish slavery in antiquity, comparing the Jewish discourse on slavery with Graeco-Roman and Christian attitudes, and the first comprehensive analysis of Jewish attitudes towards slavery in Hellenistic and Roman times. It subverts many traditional views of Jews and slavery in antiquity; for example, showing against the traditional opinion that after the Babylonian Exile Jews refrained from employing slaves, that slavery remained a significant phenomenon of ancient Jewish everyday life, and generated a discourse which resembled Graeco-Roman and early Christian views while at the same time preserving specifically Jewish nuances. It examines the impact of domestic slavery on the ancient Jewish household and on family relationships, discusses the perceived advantages of slaves over other types of labor, and evaluates their role within the ancient Jewish economy. The ancient Jewish experience of slavery seems to have been so pervasive that slave images also entered theological discourse. Like their Graeco-Roman and Christian counterparts, ancient Jewish intellectuals did not advocate the abolition of slavery, but they used the biblical tradition and their own judgements to ameliorate the status quo.
DOI 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280865.001.0001
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Near East : Ancient Near East (in general) : Themes : Slave
Thesaurus BiBIL : Old Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Slave
Thesaurus BiBIL : Milieu : Graeco-Roman World : History and Civilization
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Slave
Thesaurus BiBIL : New Testament (Introduction) : Theology : Themes : Freedom
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Economy
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Family
Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Themes : Slave
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