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Why Did the Torah Allow Servitude

  title={Why Did the Torah Allow Servitude},
  author={Shimon Bakon},
  journal={Jewish Bible Quarterly},
The Torah allows the bondage of a Hebrew, and its laws are known to everyone conversant with the Torah (Ex. 21:1-6; Lev. 25:39-55; Deut. 15:12-18). There were two categories of eved ivri (a Hebrew servant): a robber sold by the court because he was unable to pay restitution; and someone who, on his own initiative, sold himself as an eved because he was destitute (TB Kiddushin 14b; Maimonides, Hilkhot Avadim 1:1). However, the glory of biblical history is its clarion call of liberty. The Exodus… 
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Slavery: Annual Bibliographical Supplement (2014)
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