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Sin as Slavery and/or Slavery as Sin? On the Relationship between Slavery and Christian Hamartiology in Late Ancient Christianity

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This study explores the relationship between slavery and the theological concept of original sin in late ancient Christianity. The link is discussed in terms of three intersections, namely “nature”, or “naturalness” and “unnaturalness”, domination, and kinship. These intersections shed light on the very conceptualization of the sin-as-slavery concept, and show that in many instances late ancient thinking differed considerably from classical conventions. Even though sin was considered as slavery, it took more than a millennium for the church to realize that slavery is sin.

Affiliations: 1: Department of New Testament and Early Christian Studies, University of South Africa P.O. Box 392, UNISA 0003 Republic of South Africa, Email: dwetcl@unisa.ac.za

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This study explores the relationship between slavery and the theological concept of original sin in late ancient Christianity. The link is discussed in terms of three intersections, namely “nature”, or “naturalness” and “unnaturalness”, domination, and kinship. These intersections shed light on the very conceptualization of the sin-as-slavery concept, and show that in many instances late ancient thinking differed considerably from classical conventions. Even though sin was considered as slavery, it took more than a millennium for the church to realize that slavery is sin.

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2010-01-01
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