Slavery and religion

Slavery And Religion

Slavery and religion

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The issue of religion and slavery is an area of historical research into the relationship between the world's major religions and the practice of slavery.

Judaeo-Christian Religion

Slavery in the Bible

The Genesis narrative about the Curse of Ham has often been held to be an aetiological story, giving a reason for the enslavement of the Canaanites. The word ham is very similar to the Hebrew word for black/hot, which is cognate with an Egyptian word (khem, meaning black) used to refer to Egypt itself, in reference to the fertile black soil along the Nile valley. Although many scholars therefore view Ham as an eponym used to represent Egypt in the Table of Nations,Jewish Encyclopedia (1901), article on Ham a number of Christians throughout history, including OrigenOrigen, Homilies, on Genesis 16:1 and the Cave of Treasures,(edited by Ciala Kourcikidzé), The cave of treasures: Georgian version, translated by Jean-Pierre Mahé in The written corpus of eastern Christianity 526-27, part of Scriptores Iberici 23-24 (Louvain, 1992-93), 21:38-39 have argued for the alternate proposition that Ham represents all black people, his name symbolising their dark skin colour; pro-slavery advocates, from Eutychius of Alexandria(edited by J.P. Migne), Complete course in......
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