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Slavery in Early Christianity

Jennifer A. Glancy


This study focuses on the impact of the ubiquitous ancient institution on the emergence and early development of Christianity. Slaveholders as well as slaves were pivotal in early Christian circles. The centrality of slavery affects not only the reconstruction of the social histories of the emerging churches but also theological and ideological analyses of Christian rhetoric. Slaves were designated and treated as bodies. The bodies of slaves were the sexual property of their owners; the bodies of slaves were also vulnerable to regular abuse. Free persons were anxious to protect their bodies fr ... More

Keywords: abuse, bodies, discourse, morality, rhetoric, sexual, slaveholders, spiritual

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Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780195136098
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195136098.001.0001


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Jennifer A. Glancy, author
Le Moyne College
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