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Jewish Slavery in Antiquity

Catherine Hezser


This book is an historical-critical study of Jewish slavery in antiquity, comparing the Jewish discourse on slavery with Graeco-Roman and Christian attitudes, and the first comprehensive analysis of Jewish attitudes towards slavery in Hellenistic and Roman times. It subverts many traditional views of Jews and slavery in antiquity; for example, showing against the traditional opinion that after the Babylonian Exile Jews refrained from employing slaves, that slavery remained a significant phenomenon of ancient Jewish everyday life, and generated a discourse which resembled Graeco-Roman and early ... More

Keywords: Jews, slavery, antiquity, Graeco-Roman society, Hellenistic period, Roman times

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780199280865
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280865.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine Hezser, author
Lippert Professor of Jewish Studies, Trinity College Dublin
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