n Ekklesiastikos Pharos - The body as property : towards a theory of exclusion of slaves in the Christian household hierarchies in the New Testament

Volume 91, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1018-9556



This paper argues that slaves should not be included in the household hierarchy as assumed by some scholars in the field of theology. Relying upon advances in the field of embodiment, the argument uses Jennifer Glancy's theory of slave-corporeality as a basis for the premises to prove the theory of exclusion of slaves in the Christian household hierarchy. The first premise states that power, according to Michel Foucault, is only reserved for the free, which excludes slaves from hierarchical inclusion. Slavery should rather be understood as domination (Hegel). The second premise points to Aristotle's theory of natural slavery and the animalization of slaves which excludes slaves from hierarchies and the final premise shows that slaves who did exercise power only did so as surrogate bodies for the masters. Christians only attempted to include slaves through fictive kinship participation.

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