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NT THEO 220-02 Ch 17 Philippians and Philemon The thing I found most interesting in this chapter was the section on slavery. Paul says that in Christ, all people are equal. There is no distinction between men and women, rich and poor, or slave and owner. It is shown in other chapters as well that Paul accepts women as equals, so one would assume this attitude would reach to all others as well. This is why it is so surprising that Paul doesn’t denounce slavery. There are several reasons why this might have been. He was convinced that the second coming was going to occur soon, so whether you were a slave or free man, it wouldn’t matter for long. Slavery was also probably the social norm of the time period in which he lived. Plus, the Bible was full of slavery, the main reference being that of the Jews to the Egyptians, so who’s to say it’s wrong. I wish the chapter would have explained the story of Philemon and Onesimus more. Paul
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Unformatted text preview: asks Philemon to accept his runaway slave as a beloved brother as to create a new bond linking the owner to his human chattel. I don’t understand how that is “brotherly.” No loving person enslaves their own family, or someone they accept as equal. I think that if he was to treat the slave as a “beloved brother,” then he should set him free. My question pertains to a passage from the Torah known as the “Book of the Covenant.” I don’t comprehend where these specific guidelines come from. Why is it after six years’ servitude that a male Hebrew slave is to be set free? Why does the master get to keep any children born of the slave at this time? However, my biggest concern is if a person wishes to remain in slavery so they can be with their spouse and family, why must they mutilate their ear? I know it symbolizes the organ of obedience, as to indicate listening to your master, so why would you want to weaken it?...
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