“Freedom in the ancient Near East was a relative, not an absolute state, as the ambiguity of the term for “slave” in all the region's languages. Yet, since the ever-influential philosophical treatises on ancient economies (e.g., Marx, Weber), many studies of ancient Near Eastern slavery. Jump to Ancient Near East - The Sumerian Code of Ur-Nammu includes laws relating to slaves, written circa – BCE; it is the oldest known tablet  ‎Ancient Egypt · ‎In the Bible · ‎Ancient Greece · ‎Ancient Rome.


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Slavery in the Ancient Near East by Morgan DeWinne on Prezi

The fact is, from the Egyptian perspective and outside the pages of the Old Testament, there is simply no evidence the Exodus even occurred.

This has much to do with Slavery in the ancient near east 1: The Merneptah victory stela, Dynasty 19, c. So historically, temporally, and physically, the Hebrews could not have built the pyramids of Egypt.

Well, then, who did? That answer is also simple: If a king needed soldiers for a military campaign or a lot of workers to build a big monument, he had all the manpower he needed. Word would go out from the court to the regional governors to raise manpower.

Slavery in antiquity

This was generally in foodstuffs, slavery in the ancient near east, cloth, and the like. And the men assigned to work gangs were not forced to spend the rest of their lives in labor. They would spend a number of months at the work site, and were then sent back home to their fields and herds.

Fresh manpower was raised as needed. In other words, anyone who has read the Pentateuch well enough should be able to see this.


In short, you have mistaken slavery in the OT for something else. This is my fault of course. I ought to have laid this groundwork earlier in our conversation.

Now, if you wish slavery in the ancient near east argue that the slavery in the OT, a perfectly humane system implemented to help the poor of the society, affected them adversely when the rules were followed, do so using facts. Also respond to the facts that I cited here, preferably as comprehensively as I have.

The excerpt deals with slavery in Mesopotamia: The Study Slavery in Mesopotamia and the Near East in Brief Studies to emerge recently and over the course of the twentieth century have already provided a considerable and invaluable basis for undertaking new approaches.

In ancient Near Eastern studies, scholars have long examined the economic function of slaves, with emphasis on value, sale, labor, and reinforcement of state structures for example, see the venerable works of I. One could also become a slave on account of his inability to pay his debts.

Slaves in the Old Testamant and Ancient Near East – Ferlans

Slavery was the direct result of poverty. People also sold themselves into slavery because they were poor peasants and needed food and shelter. The lives of slaves were normally better than that of peasants. Slaves only attempted escape when their treatment was unusually harsh.

Slaves and Households in the Ancient Near East | Dr. Claude Mariottini – Professor of Old Testament

For many, being a slave in Egypt made them better off than a freeman elsewhere. Not all slaves went to houses. Some also sold themselves to temples, or were assigned to temples by the king.

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