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The Gospel in its spirit and genius is hostile to human slavery, which under its influence, it disappeared in most areas of the world.

In Rev. 18:13 the word “slaves” is the translation of a Greek word meaning “bodies.” The Hebrew and Greek words for slave are usually rendered simply “servant,” “bondman,” or “bondservant.”

The first recorded use of the term “bond-servant” or “bondservant” was in the 16th century (1525-35).

Slavery, as it existed under the Mosaic law, has no modern parallel. That law did not originate slavery, it only regulated the already existing custom of slavery (Exodus 21:20-21, 26-27; Leviticus 25:44-46; Joshua 9:6-27).

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Article Version: September 19, 2017