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Slavery in Early Christianity

Slavery in Early Christianity

Jennifer A. Glancy (Author)


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This is the first paperback edition of the enlightening Oxford University hardcover published in 2002.

Glancy here situates early Christian slavery in its broader cultural setting, arguing that modern scholars have consistently underestimated the pervasive impact of slavery on the institutional structures, ideologies, and practices of the early churches – and upon the bodies of the enslaved. Her careful attention to the bodily experience of subjection and violation that constituted slavery makes this an indispensable book for anyone interested in slavery in early Christianity. Includes special chapters on Jesus and Paul.

  • Publisher Fortress Press
  • ISBN 9780800637897
  • Format Paperback
  • Pages 216
  • Dimensions 6 x 9
  • Publication Date September 15, 2006


"An indispensable resource in serious studies of the social history of early Christianity. [Glancy's] monumental achievement provides a concise conspectus of the ideologies and practices of slavery within the first-century ekklesiai (early faith communities), with patient and rigorous documentation of the rhetoric and wide-ranging effects of the ubiquitous institution on men, women, and children alike. A tour de force, perceptively argued, the volume is illuminating, exemplary, unsettling."
– Clarice J. Martin, Colgate University

"Glancy makes ... an important contribution filling a gap in previous New Testament research.... This book is required reading for anyone interested in ancient slavery, the parables, or the history of the body in antiquity."
Catholic Biblical Quarterly

"Glancy provides a much-needed corrective to scholarly literature in a field hat has preferred to contemplate slavery on an abstract plane.... Her persistent focus on slaves as vulnerable bodies requires a rethinking of major presuppositions in both Pauline and Jesus studies."
Journal of Biblical Literature