Paul, Philemon and the Dilemma of Christian Slave-Ownership

  title={Paul, Philemon and the Dilemma of Christian Slave-Ownership},
  author={J. Barclay},
  journal={New Testament Studies},
  • J. Barclay
  • Published 1991
  • Philosophy
  • New Testament Studies
By any standards, discussion of Paul's reaction to slavery and slave-ownership is exceptionally complex and controversial. There are more than enough difficulties in attempting to grasp the true character and significance of slavery in the Graeco-Roman world of the first century, due not merely to the fragmentary and one-sided nature of our evidence but also to the deep-rooted political and philosophical commitments which influence almost every significant treatment of the topic. But to discuss… Expand