"In the first century, slaves were not distinguishable from free persons by race, by speech or by clothing; they were sometimes more highly educated than their owners and held responsible professional positions; some persons sold themselves into slavery for economic or social advantage; they could reasonably hope to be emancipated after ten to twenty years of service or by their thirties at the latest; they were not denied the right of public assembly and were not socially segregated (at least in the cities); they could accumulate savings to buy their freedom; their natural inferiority was not assumed." Murray Harris, Slave of Christ: A New Testament Metaphor for Total Devotion to Christ, NSBT (IVP , 44)
- Why did God permit slavery?(MP3), by John Piper
- What is your view of Southern slavery?, by Douglas Wilson
- Our Work and Our Character(MP3), by Tim Keller - "In this sermon, we see how even 1st century slaves found dignity in their work through the Gospel."