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How Noah, Jesus and Paul Became Captivating Figures: The Side Effects of the Canonization of Slavery Metaphors in Jewish and Christians Texts

Publiceringsår: 2005
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 168-227
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Journal of Greco-Roman Christianity and Judaism
Volym: 2
Dokumenttyp: Artikel i tidskrift
Förlag: Sheffield Phoenix Press


The article examines four motifs/textual corpora in the Bible which have been referred to by those in favour of slavery: (1) the Exodus motif, (2) the Curse of Noah, (3) the parables of Jesus, and (4) the epistles of Paul. It is argued in the article that Christianity, with its canonized metaphors of slavery actually delayed the abolition of slavery in the 19th century by relativizing and idealizing it. It is thus most crucial to note that one and the same collection of books may be interpreted and applied in diametrically opposite ways.


  • Religious Studies
  • the historical Jesus
  • slavery
  • Curse of Noah
  • Exodus
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Paul
  • Epistle of Philemon
  • Antebellum South
  • Bible



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