The paper argues that the silence of the New Testament on the slavery question can be understood by noting the essentially worthwhile character of slavery during this period. Modern thinking about slavery has too often been influenced by superimposing the viciousness, perpetual bondage, and race hatred of slavery in past centuries on conditions in the Roman world.
This article considers questions such as what is the Bible's attitude to foreigners, to immigrants, and refugees, and what does the gospel have to say on the subject. Biblical law is remarkably generous towards strangers. The Scriptures speak of welcoming the stranger, in full knowledge of the risks, because of God's love for all.