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What type of oppression does Exodus 23:9 refer to?

In regard to Exodus 23:9 NASB: You shall not oppress a stranger, since you yourselves know the feelings of a stranger, for you also were strangers in the land of Egypt. I'm wondering what the ...
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Does the Bible truely promote Slavery in Exodus 21:20-21 & Leviticus 25:44-46?

I recently had a discussion here where the claim was made, that the Bible "promotes Slavery". This claim was backed by Exodus 21:20-21 & Leviticus 25:44-46. Exodus 21:20-21: 20 “When a ...
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Slavery and freedom

From moral justification view, this verse about slavery is concerning to me, not really about the slavery, it's about the wife and children of a few slave that are left behind when he's freed. It ...
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Does 1 Kings 11:28 refer voluntary workers, oppressed laborers, conscripts, slaves or what?

Here are a few translations of the verse in question: AMP - The man Jeroboam was a brave warrior and when Solomon saw that the young man was industrious, he put him in charge of all the forced labor ...
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Slavery function and Samuel's intention at 1 Sam 8:17

Now, you should read the context of this passage. It isn't much in the connection to this specific verse, but I will still share. Samuel tells the people asking for a king that the servants, male and ...
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When and for How Long was Israel Enslaved by the Egyptians?

This post is somewhat related to Do We Know with Reasonable Certainty Where Goshen was Located? According to (D-R) Exod. 12:40, And the abode of the children of Israel that they made in Egypt, was ...
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Why is there no death penalty for the man in Leviticus 19:20-22?

Verse: (NLT)”If a man has sex with a slave girl whose freedom has never been purchased but who is committed to become another man’s wife, he must pay full compensation to her master. But since she is ...
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What did the Israelites do with the foreign children in Deuteronomy 20:14?

This question is also related to Leviticus 25:44-46 and exodus 21:4. Could foreign children be born into slavery in Israel (like the children of Hebrew servants), or would they be made slaves if their ...
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If a master provides a slave with a wife, is there no way for them to ever go free together?

Exodus 21:1-6 (NIV): If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, without paying anything. If he comes alone, he is to go free alone; but ...
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Why are female slaves not set free as males in Exodus 21:7?

Exodus 21:7 NASB: Now if a man sells his daughter as a female slave, she is not to go free as the male slaves do It is clear slaves were treated as property and they were treated similarly both males ...
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Exodus 21 and the Law concerning slaves

Here is my question, Exodus 21 deals with punishments for assaulting and murdering people. verse 20-21 is hard for me to comprehend: Anyone who beats their male or female slave with a rod must be ...
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Laws About Slavery In Exodus

Does Exodus 21:2-11 imply that God is instituting slavery? Here's the text below: 2 “If you buy a Hebrew servant, he is to serve you for six years. But in the seventh year, he shall go free, ...
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Is Exodus 21:21 about a dead slave or one who survives?

Exodus 21:20-21 provides provisions to avenge the maltreatment of a slave: When a man strikes his slave, male or female, with a rod and the slave dies under his hand, he shall be avenged. But if ...
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