Published on Jan 30, 2013
Whether you're a believer or non-believer, when confronting bible slavery, don't let anyone throw up this ridiculous smokescreen that says that the slavery instituted in the old testament was so completely different to, say, pre-civil war US slavery. The usual tactic is to throw facts and rules about Israelite indentured servitude around, to throw you off the scent of a Yahweh-mandated form of slavery EVERY BIT as bad as anything we've seen in recent centuries. This line of argument is so prevalent that I'm confused as to whether its proponents actually believe it or not; but either way, this video is my attempt to inject a bit of reality into this very important area of discussion.
The god of the bible mandated oppressive life-long slavery of foreigners - pretty much a concise description of one of the worst forms of human rights abuses the world has ever had to grapple with. It's as simple as that.
No, I don't hate God for mandating slavery, and no I don't believe that God is evil for mandating slavery. I don't believe that THIS god, the absurd god of the bible, is even extant, let alone worthy of any adjectives beyond that! This god's inhumane and ridiculously cruel commands say nothing about the god that they are ascribed to, simply because they are so obviously ascribed to a god by the men in whose image this god was made.
Deal with it folks; your god is the brainchild of some particularly awful humans. The bible simply and clearly gets this very easy human rights question utterly wrong.
Abandon it, and keep looking for answers. You'll be ever so glad you did.
Thanks to Tim R. for coding the English subtitle track.
Thanks to those who responded to my blog post requesting help with reading materials. Special thanks to Dr. B Cargill (Asst Prof. of Classics and Religious Studies, UOI) for valuable guidance in the final stages of writing, and for the "job creators" line!
Amongst other sources I used:
Avalos, H. (2011) "Slavery, Abolitionism and the Ethics of Biblical Scholarship: Reflections about Ethical Deflections"
Accessed Dec 2012 at http://www.bibleinterp.com/articles/a...
Copan, P. (2011) "Does the Old Testament Endorse Slavery? An Overview". Enrichment, Spring 2011
Jewish Virtual Library. (2008) "Slavery: Biblical Law"
Accessed January 2012 at http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/j...
Path Of The Beagle (blog) has an informative series on Bible slavery, starting here:
Unbelievable? Episode: "Does the Bible condone slavery?" 19 June, 2010.Debate: David Instone-Brewer, vs. Bob Price. Moderator: Justin Brierley
Accessed and available via iTunes podcast.
Deem, R (2011) "Does God Approve of Slavery According to the Bible?"
Section 1 of the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution reads:
"Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction."
I had to leave out "male and female" in my recounting of Lev 25:45-47; I had a gag about Yahweh being an equal-opportunity enslaver but it got taken out along the way, and it flowed within the video much better with that left out.
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