Original Research

Constructing ancient slavery as socio-historic context of the New Testament

Hendrik Goede
HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies | Vol 69, No 1 | a1297 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hts.v69i1.1297 | © 2013 Hendrik Goede | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 July 2012 | Published: 25 April 2013

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Hendrik Goede, Unit for Reformed Theology, Potchefstroom Campus, North-West University, South Africa


Considering the vast scope of material on slavery in antiquity, this article aimed to design a search filter that delimits the scope of socio-historical aspects specifically relevant to the New Testament passages dealing with slavery. The term ‘search filter’ was borrowed from Information Technology, denoting defined search terms aimed at more efficient and effective searches of vast amounts of data. The search filter designed in this article made use of the following search terms: the period under investigation; the geographical region under investigation; various definitions of slavery; ancient terminology for slavery; and aspects arising from the New Testament passages themselves. Each of these criteria were considered in turn, and the results were used to define the search filter. Finally, the search filter was represented schematically.


Slavery; New Testament; socio-historical aspects; search filter; search terms; Ancient Languages


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