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By Catherine Hezser

This publication is the 1st entire research of Jewish attitudes in the direction of slavery in Hellenistic and Roman occasions. opposed to the conventional opinion that when the Babylonian Exile Jews kept away from using slaves, Catherine Hezser exhibits that slavery remained an important phenomenon of old Jewish way of life and generated a discourse which resembled Graeco-Roman and early Christian perspectives whereas even as conserving particularly Jewish nuances. Hezser examines the impression of family slavery at the old Jewish loved ones and on kin relationships. She discusses the perceived merits of slaves over different different types of hard work and evaluates their function in the historical Jewish financial system. the traditional Jewish event of slavery turns out to were so pervasive that slave pictures additionally entered theological discourse. Like their Graeco-Roman and Christian opposite numbers, historic Jewish intellectuals didn't recommend the abolition of slavery, yet they used the biblical culture and their very own decisions to ameliorate the prestige quo.

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