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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- Spring '11
- beloved brother, male Hebrew slave, Paul accepts women