By Catherine Hezser
This ebook is the 1st entire research of Jewish attitudes in the direction of slavery in Hellenistic and Roman occasions. opposed to the normal opinion that once the Babylonian Exile Jews avoided making use of slaves, Catherine Hezser indicates that slavery remained an important phenomenon of old Jewish way of life and generated a discourse which resembled Graeco-Roman and early Christian perspectives whereas while holding particularly Jewish nuances. Hezser examines the impression of household slavery at the historical Jewish family and on family members relationships. She discusses the perceived benefits of slaves over different kinds of hard work and evaluates their function in the old Jewish economic climate. the traditional Jewish adventure of slavery turns out to were so pervasive that slave pictures additionally entered theological discourse. Like their Graeco-Roman and Christian opposite numbers, old Jewish intellectuals didn't recommend the abolition of slavery, yet they used the biblical culture and their very own decisions to ameliorate the established order.