Slavery was a Given when the biblical texts were written. The problem isn't really slavery, but how one treats their slaves. This is what the biblical authors tried to point out.Wootah wrote: Does anyone else think slavery is a universal?
If it is a universal then addressing it would be a valid topic in the Bible right?
Hierarchy is universal as well, there will always be a top and bottom. The best we can hope for is a bottom with tvs and fridges and microwaves and cell phones right?
Some scholars have pointed out that Israel in Egypt weren't really slaves as much as they were public servants; government employees. if one is the slave of a high ranking official, and treated with respect while reaping the benefits of such a wealthy lifestyle, how are they worse off than someone working a dead end minimum wage job with no benefits, and no possibility of advancement?
People just naturally assume that slavery is equivalent to daily beatings until one just dies at the hands of their brutal task masters. This just simply isn't the case. Just because one slave owner treats their slaves inhumanely doesn't mean they all do. The Mosaic law has stiff penalties for those who mistreat their slaves as well.
The Mosaic law points out that a slave is there to make them money so the better they treat them, the more money they will make. The same goes for an employee today.
Slavery could very well come back into vogue today if an economic collapse were to occur. What would you do if the banking system suddenly collapsed? You now have no money in the bank, your employer can't pay you. There is nothing in place to take care of the millions upon millions of people who are now slowly starving. You will now work for food, and a roof over your head; that's what you'll do.
In the ancient world as today, when two tribes are competing for resources, they're going to eventually clash. To the victor go the spoils, and the loser has no alternative but to seek refuge elsewhere or work for their newly adopted tribe.
Today people work for wages which are nothing more than a glorified allowance. Under the Mosaic law, once their term was up, they could walk away with money in their pockets as well as some livestock which were prized possessions back then. What kind of a severance package do most people get nowadays that compares to that?