This article discusses slavery in the Old Testament and explains how Israelite and non-Israelite slaves were to be treated.
This article considers some criticisms against the redemptive-movement hermeneutic. Should the redemptive intention in the Bible be taken beyond certain time-locked limits of the New Testament? Is it possible to take the redemptive intention of the New Testament beyond the Bible? What are the limits placed on our interpretation and application when we acknowledge the revelation in Jesus Christ as God's final revelation? The author responds to specific criticisms of Thomas Schreiner.
Webb proposes what he calls a redemptive-movement hermeneutic approach to understanding and applying Scripture. He first illustrates a redemptive-movement hermeneutic by reading biblical texts on slavery. Next, he addresses possible misunderstandings and misconceptions. In the third part of the article, Webb surveys four typical responses to his proposed hermeneutic, and responds to these views.
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.
The societies featured in the Bible almost all practiced some form of slavery. When we understand the background to the economic and social life of those societies, whether slavery, marriage or land ownership, it can illuminate the practical and theological implications of the text. This article brings together some of the recent debates and conclusions focusing, particularly on slavery in the New Testament, giving particular attention to Paul’s letter to Philemon.