Anti-swearing law

James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Thu Feb 24 15:39:20 UTC 2000

--- "James E. Clapp" <jeclapp at WANS.NET> wrote:
> James Smith wrote:
> >
> > Bond-servants . . . were not chattel
> > that could be bought and sold.
> Well, I don't know who was a bond-servant and who
> was some other kind,
> but even Hebrew slaves--presumably the top of the
> heap, slave-wise--
> could be bought:
> Exodus 21:1-4: "If thou buy an Hebrew servant, six
> years he shall serve:
> and in the seventh he shall go out free for
> nothing."
> James E. Clapp

James and others are rigth, and I was looking at
bond(man, woman, servant) in too narrow a context.
The condition of servitude I described was only one
type of bondservant.  Doing some searching last night
I found, for just one example:

Deuteronomy 15:15 -And thou shalt remember that thou
wast a bondman in the land of Egypt,..."

Similar phrases are repeated in several different
places, so the conditions covered by "bondman, -woman,
-maid, -servant" included the involuntary servitude of
the Hebrews in Egypt, or slavery.

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