Leviticus 25:44 – You may buy slaves?

Problem: Does the Bible say that it is okay for us to buy slaves? Does it encourage a slave trade? Critics of Christianity claim so, often pointing to passages like Leviticus 25:44. Is this really what the verse is saying? Let’s take a look:

Solution: Leviticus 25:44, “As for your male and female slaves whom you may have—you may acquire male and female slaves from the pagan nations that are around you.”

In the fallen world that mankind had created, slavery was a reality. God permitted its existence and worked within its system. Slaves were more domestic servants than oppressed field workers. Slaves could be the captives of war (Num. 31:25-47), subjects of debt to be worked off (2 Kings 4:1), born into slavery (Gen. 17:12-13), or entered into voluntarily (Exodus 21:5-6). In the Ancient Near East, some slaves were able to own other slaves and even conduct business. In Exodus 21:2, a slave was required to be set free after six years of service. Though slavery rightly carries a very negative connotation here in America, the word implies a very different institution in ancient Israel than what we had here in the first 100 years of our nation’s existence. Thus, we have to consider what it meant to “buy slaves” at that time, and also how God accommodated fallen realities for a time during the progression of redemptive history.

As I said above, God works within the fallen system to bring about His will. Slavery was permitted by God, and rules of treatment of slaves were given so they would not be mistreated.

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