No: 1 Leader: Your thoughts on Saint Paul returning Onesimus to his master, Philemon.

Thread ID: 1 At 4/2/2008 1:02:06 AM Alistair wrote:

Thank you, Dr. Augros, for exegesis as it should be done. Philemon had been bugging me for years and I'm glad it has been put to rest. This one answer alone justifies the presence of this site.
Thread ID: 2 At 4/2/2008 9:34:13 PM Alistair wrote:

I do not know what kind of a slave Onesimus was because he lived under Roman slavery, which was different from Israelite slavery. When Harriet Beecher Stowe was asked by Southern partisans where slavery was condemned in the Old Testament, she pointed out that kidnapping was a capital offence in ancient Israel. Scholars who have studied Israelite slavery say it was indentured servitude and not the kind of slavery practised in the American South. In ancient Israel, a man who could not make a living or who owed money he could not repay indentured himself as a servant. Indentured servitude was common in the US. When they were young, both Abraham Lincoln and Davy Crockett were sent away, "farmed out" by their fathers, who kept the money they earned. Neither of them was enamored of the experience.
Thread ID: 8 At 5/13/2008 7:05:32 AM Bill Sockey wrote:

The essence of slavery is ownership of one man by another. If a servant is not owned, he is not properly a slave.

Aristotle and St. Thomas point out that custom has the appearance of nature. People assume that what is customary (e.g., etiquette) is "just natural".

Therefore, where slavery is a long-standing custom it is difficult to teach people that it is wrong. By teaching Christians that a slave who is a Christian is a brother or sister in Christ, St. Paul is changing the meaning of "slave" from "property" to "servant in the household." Similarly the teaching that all are brothers and sisters under God because of the Incarnation.

A really great way to address the problem!







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