n HTS : Theological Studies - Slavery in Early Christianity, J.A. Glancy : book review

Volume 64, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0259-9422
  • E-ISSN: 2072-8050



In this study, Glancy paints a grim picture of ancient slavery as she delves through various ancient sources, and explains what the normal dynamics between slave and slaveholder were like. Above all else, her sympathies and interest lie mainly with the circumstances of the slaves themselves. Taking into consideration that slavery was an established fact of life, Glancy investigates the early Christian texts to analyze their impact on the early church. What emerges is an understanding of the subject which is at the same time illuminating, and to our modern (Christian) sensibilities, quite alarming.

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