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date: 14 October 2019


The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
F. L. CrossF. L. Cross, E. A. LivingstoneE. A. Livingstone

A state of servitude by which a man is the property of another man. It is opposed on the one hand to human dignity, which does not allow a person to be treated as a chattel, and violates a man's rights to liberty of conscience, integrity of soul and body, and the stability of family life, and, on the other hand, tends to breed vice and cruelty in the owner. In the OT, however, a mitigated form of slavery was tolerated by the Mosaic Law (... ...

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