Biblical Interpretation of Slavery


I searched a term Sicily Rome “Slave rebellion” “the United States” and I found a lot of different sources. One that caught my attention was a chapter from the book Biblical Interpretation called Slavery and Inhumanity by J. Albert Harrill. The subject of this chapter is about examining Roman slavery as part of the wider history of world slavery. The author also refers to emperor Augustus and Constantine as part of Christianity, which makes a connection to our Art History class, when we talked about the beginning of the Christianity and Constantine and the sculptore of Augustus – emperor. The primary intended audience for it will be people who would like to explore more about slavery in Rome in a Biblical point of view that author is making. The writer makes the connection between slavery and refers to the wars by saying “ The world history of slavery reveals slave revolts to be extremely rare occurrences; only four outright slave wars are known: one in modern Haiti, two in ancient Sicily, and one led by Spartacus in ancient Italy.” (Harrill 509), and then gives us more details about it. He also makes the connection between the United States and slavery “ancient slavery was relatively humane and so wholly unlike modern slavery in the New World” (Harrill 508), and by saying New World her refers to the United States. The reading that was assigned earlier for us and is connected to this source is Aristotle and Xenophon, On the Spartan Constitution, because both authors refer to Sparta. Aristotle and Xenophon say “To be present, he selected the keenest of the prefects, and gave to each the command of a division. And so at Sparta, the boys are never without a ruler”.

MLA citation:
Harrill, J. Albert. “Slavery and Inhumanity.” Biblical Interpretation, vol. 21, no. 4-5, 2013, pp. 506–514.

Edyta, team Aphrodite