Monday, June 19, 2017

What did the first Christians think about slavery?



Tyndale House, a center for biblical scholarship in Cambridge, recently published an article I wrote concerning the intensely controversial subject of slavery in the NT. In this article, I discuss the translation of the Greek word ἰσότης in Colossians 4:1. As I explain in the video below, my research challenges widely held notions about the view of slavery in the earliest Christian communities.

Colossians 4:1: Οἱ κύριοι, τὸ δίκαιον καὶ τὴν ἰσότητα τοῖς δούλοις παρέχεσθε 
Literal Translation: "Masters, justice and equality to slaves grant." 
NASB: "Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness." 
NIV: "Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair." 
RSV: "Masters, treat your slaves justly and fairly." 


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