Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Revelation 18:13 as a Critique of the Slave Trade

The Cambridge journal New Testament Studies recently published my article, "Bodies and Souls: The Case for Reading Revelation 18:13 as a Critique of the Slave Trade." I am indebted to my colleague, Garrett Best, and my professor, Craig Keener, who both provided helpful input during the research and writing process. I am also grateful for the careful work of the copy editor, Iveta Adams, who caught several errors in my manuscript.

You can access the full article here. It is relatively short and easy to read, and I hope even non-specialists will find it interesting. For those who do not read German or Greek, here are translations of the non-English phrases that appear in the article (listed in order):

σώματα | bodies
ψυχαὶ ἀνθρώπων | souls of men
σωμάτων καὶ ψυχὰς ἀνθρώπων | bodies and souls of men
die wundersamsten Spekulationen | the strangest speculations
δούλων καὶ ψυχὰς ἀνθρώπων | slaves and souls of men
σωμάτων καὶ δούλους | bodies and slaves
πρόβατα | sheep
ἵππων | horses

For more on the subject of slavery in the New Testament, see my previous article, "Grant Slaves Equality: Re-Examining the Translation of Colossian 4:1."