Joshua Bowen: Slavery in the Biblical Period

Joshua Bowen, Did the Old Testament Endorse Slavery? (Mechanicsville, MD: Digital Hammurabi Press, 2020), 196-197. Slavery was not endorsed arbitrarily, as it was part of a common economic system that existed in ancient Israel and in the wider ancient Near East long before the biblical period. Both debt-slavery and chattel-slavery were also part of the... Continue Reading →

Book Review: ‘The Ultimate Guide to Debunking Biblical Slavery’ by Praise I Am That I Am

Author: Praise I am That I AmBook: The Ultimate Guide to Debunking Biblical SlaveryPublisher: Self-publishedYear: 2020Total File Size: 1250 KBPrice: $9.99 (electronic) I. INTRODUCTION There is something to be said for apologists’ work on biblical slavery. In their attempt to downplay it or deny its existence, they reveal their own discomfort with the subject generally. We should all be uncomfortable... Continue Reading →

Book Review: ‘Did the Old Testament Endorse Slavery?’ by Joshua Bowen

Author: Joshua BowenBook: Did the Old Testament Endorse Slavery?Publisher: Digital Hammurabi PressYear: 2020Total Page Count: 243Price: $19.99 (print) I. INTRODUCTION “Slavery in the Bible,” writes biblical scholar Wil Gafney, “represents more than the ubiquity of slavery in the ancient world; it represents the theological bulwark on which the Atlantic slave trade rested.”[1] This fact makes modern Christians uncomfortable. How could the god... Continue Reading →

The Bible’s (Mis)Use in Society

Below is the text of a brief talk I gave for my friend Doug Carpenter today. Doug approached me a while back and asked if I'd be willing to speak on the role of the Christian scriptures on society. My talk was balanced by Christian blogger Triggerman1976 and I hope to link to his talk... Continue Reading →

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