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Moses allowed slavery?

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 12:30 am
by Truth
Not really the correct place to ask, but i was hoping someone here might have an answer for me anyway...

Moses freed the slaves, but in the old testament, he allows slavery of non-israelis? Why?

39 “ ‘If one of your countrymen becomes poor among you and sells himself to you, do not make him work as a slave. 40 He is to be treated as a hired worker or a temporary resident among you; he is to work for you until the Year of Jubilee. 41 Then he and his children are to be released, and he will go back to his own clan and to the property of his forefathers. 42 Because the Israelites are my servants, whom I brought out of Egypt, they must not be sold as slaves. 43 Do not rule over them ruthlessly, but fear your God.

44 “ ‘Your male and female slaves are to come from the nations around you; from them you may buy slaves. 45 You may also buy some of the temporary residents living among you and members of their clans born in your country, and they will become your property. 46 You can will them to your children as inherited property and can make them slaves for life, but you must not rule over your fellow Israelites ruthlessly.


Leviticus 25:39-46

Re: Moses allowed slavery?

Posted: Sat Aug 01, 2009 10:02 am
by brettz9
The Baha'i scholar Mirza Abu'l-Fadl, whose books were actually recommended to the believers by 'Abdu'l-Baha Himself, said, in speaking of teachings which were new to this Faith (every other previous religion only regulated slavery at most):

Among the specific laws clearly laid down in the Cause of Bahá'u'lláh is the law prohibiting slavery. No mention of this is made in other religions. As none of the former Heavenly Books has forbidden this traffic, all the humanitarian instincts which actuated the Great Powers to abolish and destroy it could not withhold the common people from this abominable practice which has cost the governments and nations great trouble and expense. For instance, the freeing of the slaves constitutes one of the important responsibilities of the Egyptian government. This necessitates a heavy drain upon the state treasury. Furthermore, the trial and indictment of those guilty of this nefarious traffic bring great affliction and often ruin upon many noted families.

(The Brilliant Proof, at http://bahai-library.com/books/brillian ... proof.html )


Baha'u'llah forbids slavery in par. 72 of the Kitab-i-Aqdas.

You may also be interested in:
http://bahai-library.com/uhj/servants.html

I think this is similar to the gradual abolishment of the practice of polygamy, which was also not explicitly forbidden in any previous religion (Islam was the first to limit it, actually, even while passages in prior Scriptures may be taken to imply it.)

best wishes,
Brett

Re: Moses allowed slavery?

Posted: Sun Aug 02, 2009 7:34 am
by Truth
Ah! Well played! Thanks for the response.