The Bible In Relation To Slavery

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The Bible is the best-selling book of all time, and with good reason. For the stories written in it have changed the way many think and even believe when it comes to the power greater than this world. The Bible holds very specific opinions on things such as slavery, who humans should treat each other, and ultimately social justice. It has been one of the most important foundations for allowing social reform to occur in modern day history as well as the history of the whole world. However, it is forgotten in history class how prominent the ancient texts have changed the people. When looking at the history, it is discovered to be the strength of great people who have used its wisdom to bring about a change for those who could not do it on their own. Through the examination of the Bible as well as other assigned readings the focus will be on how slavery and the Bible are related. It is related to the dominion over men as well as the enslavement of one’s own soul. The goal is to accurately show how the Bible has been used throughout our history as part of the defense for the oppressed to achieve their justice and philosophically to free one’s own soul. Ideas that will be taken into consideration will be origins of movement, how slavery was dealt with in the Bible, how it has impacted the biblical worldview, and how across time it has changed things cultural. The importance of why slavery and the Bible are connected is to look at how it is part of social justice.
In order to grasp the relation, the origins of movement have to be brought to light for all to understand. It is known by most that slavery exists in the Bible, but that it justifies the act is not correct. In fact it has the opposite effect. The stories found in exodus, for example, have been the foundation for many abolitionists in history to help serve their purpose to free the enslaved. It has set the tone forever on how we should treat and help people who are forced into labor and servitude.
The first acknowledgement to make is that of the “midwives of the Hebrews.” They can be the considered one of the first peoples to stand up before a power greater than them and act in a way of silent dignity. “But the midwives feared God; they did not do as the king of Egypt commanded them, they let the children live.” (The New Oxford Annotated Bible 4th Ed., Exodus 1.17). In The Gifts of the Jews, Thomas Cahill clearly explains that their decision to not follow the Pharaoh makes them ultimately more worthy than the mighty king who rules over them. The instance that is being discussed is before Moses and Ramses. When a pharaoh thought he should place the execution of Hebrew slaves in the hands of the Hebrew midwives. “They are people of stature—real individuals who are worthy of names, unlike the little god king” (Cahill, 99). This is a powerful message to remember when looking at the people of history who have been the leaders of abolishing slavery. The slave owners remain nameless, but...

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