Monday, February 26, 2007

If you sell your daughter as a slave....

Exodus 21:7-11 And if a man sells his daughter to be a female slave, she shall not go out as the male slaves do. If she does not please the master who has selected her for himself, he must let her be redeemed. He has no right to sell her to foreigners, because he has broken faith with her. If he selects her for his son, he must grant her the rights of a daughter. If he marries another woman, he must not deprive the first one of her food, clothing and marital rights. If he does not provide her with these three things, she is to go free, without any payment of money.


If you're this young lady, here's your fate:

1) You are sold by your father as a slave
2) If you do not please your master, you must be redeemed
3) You cannot be sold to foreigners
4) If you're selected to marry your master's son, you become a daughter
5) If your husband then marries another you cannot be deprived of your marital rights
6) However, if you are deprived of these, you must go free

Two opportunies for freedom. Not bad.


Anonymous said...

This is the way things were done in this culture at this time.

Roopster said...


This is written as God speaking so he's the one giving this law here NOT a culture's view of slavery at a given time.... but God's view.

Is that not the case?


Jason said...

We're opposed to slavery because we live in an era that's anti-slavery. Anon is right - slavery 4000 years ago was commonplace. It wasn't wrong to have slaves back then. God is implementing rules to ensure slaves were properly looked after, the first whiff of worker's rights.

Anonymous said...

For the slavery section consider adding Eph 6:5, Tim 6: 1-4 (the last one is very strong)

Anonymous said...

1 Tim 6: 1-4 (correction)

Anonymous said...

Couldn't God have used his omniscience to ensure the Bible was an eternally relevant doctrine?

God is such a silly idiot.

Anonymous said...

@Jason: Cool! Thanks!

The Bible only speaks to life at that time. So, I should ignore all the parts of The Bible more than a hundred or so years old. I have so much less to study now!!

Many thanks!!

Tony said...

The New Testement overrules the Old Testement. You have to remember the Bible was created from probably thousands of books to form the current document.

Duped Christian said...

Wow the bible is the most contradictive work of fiction ever written. The god portrayed in the bible is an evil controlling hypocrite. God Instructs how to take virgin sex slaves, and he slaughtered thousands of babies. God of the bible is a perfect example of "Do as I say, not as I do". The new testament was a bandaid for the hypocritical and immoral garbage of the old testament. Adding the new testament was an ingenious move by the church to maintain peace and control over the changing masses by showing a god they could Love instead of Fear. Reminds me of Nazi propaganda. Tell the people whatever makes them compliant.

axelb87 said...

I thought the bible told you not to take slaves... Or sell slaves...

Anonymous said...

Guys - you all have such a limited view/definition of slavery. Slavery today exists and for a very importnat reason - punishment - what exactly do you think state prisons are - country clubs? DO you have any idea why God allowed slavery to exist in the first place - are u aware that the nations that surrounded Israel during this period in history were worshipping the god Molech - guess what, they had a common practice of sacrificing their children. Why do you think God commanded the Hebrews to destroy these wicked nations - in reality, slavery of these barbarians was actually a display of grace by God. YOu all need to research the history surrounded the commonplace ideas in the Bible. Use extra-Biblical sources to do so, not just the Bible - you might discover there is a legitimate reason for why certain things were allowed

Anonymous said...

So original Bible was for old times so its irrelevant for this time? So

New Testament, a man-altered version is better than God-send version?

Anonymous said...

Why would ANY benevolent, loving God ever allow slavery?

Since the Bible represents the culture at the time and teaches many things we now know are untrue - Doesn't it seem obvious that it was written by men and not a god?

Isn't it apparent that man created God and not the other way around?

Anonymous said...

I am not going to defend the slavery rules described in the Bible, but in general slavery can be considered as an institution that prevents further killings in wars. We know majority of slaves were the people who are taken as captives in battles. Existence of slavery offers incentive to take enemy soldiers as captive instead of killing them, which is much simpler to execute. If slavery would not be allowed, or is not designed with such rules, then there would not be any incentive to take captives, and most of them would just die in the battles. Slavery, at least, guarantees a life; and a chance to become free again. This may be a reason why slavery is allowed.

RMW said...

"Two opportunies for freedom. Not bad."
So you don't find it so bad after all? Meanwhile here's some more explanation from the Jews:

And another matter. Parents selling off their children still occurs in many parts of the world at present, usually out of desperation and poverty:

It may be unstoppable. With that in mind, the biblical instructions actually sound like trying to prevent and mitigate the worst abuses. You know, like modern laws of war that try to prevent the worst from happening, with the understanding that wars may not be stopped.

Business News said...

The Person in the link

is into business of selling his daughters.

Chase Daye said...

Part two So these are the Bible family values! A man can buy as many sex slaves as he wants as long as he feeds them, clothes them, and screws them!

What does the Bible say about beating slaves? It says you can beat both male and female slaves with a rod so hard that as long as they don't die right away you are cleared of any wrong doing.

When a man strikes his male or female slave with a rod so hard that the slave dies under his hand, he shall be punished. If, however, the slave survives for a day or two, he is not to be punished, since the slave is his own property. (Exodus 21:20-21 NAB)

You would think that Jesus and the New Testament would have a different view of slavery, but slavery is still approved of in the New Testament, as the following passages show.

Slaves, obey your earthly masters with deep respect and fear. Serve them sincerely as you would serve Christ. (Ephesians 6:5 NLT)

Christians who are slaves should give their masters full respect so that the name of God and his teaching will not be shamed. If your master is a Christian, that is no excuse for being disrespectful. You should work all the harder because you are helping another believer by your efforts. Teach these truths, Timothy, and encourage everyone to obey them. (1 Timothy 6:1-2 NLT)

In the following parable, Jesus clearly approves of beating slaves even if they didn't know they were doing anything wrong.

The servant will be severely punished, for though he knew his duty, he refused to do it. "But people who are not aware that they are doing wrong will be punished only lightly. Much is required from those to whom much is given, and much more is required from those to whom much more is given." (Luke 12:47-48 NLT)
Thanks EB

Anonymous said...

The bible does not overrule the old testament. Jesus even said that he wouldn't change a jot or tittle of the old testament law until the end of time itself. He said not the slightest letter of the law set out in the old testament would change