What is slavery?

Another major Old Testament ethical issue commonly brought up by skeptics is slavery.

The Bible may, indeed does, contain a warrant for trafficking in humans, for ethnic cleansing, for slavery, for bride-price, and for indiscriminate massacre, but we are not bound by any of it because it was put together by crude, uncultured human mammals.
Christopher Hitchens


What do we mean by slavery? There is not a definitive definition for it, but there are several definitions.

In modern usage, slavery is often defined as ownership of a person as property.

Slavery is the ownership of a person as property, especially in regards to their labor.
The word “slavery” has also been used to refer to a legal state of dependency to somebody else.


1. the condition of being enslaved, held, or owned as human chattel or property; bondage.
2. a practice or institution that treats or recognizes some human beings as the legal property of others.


the activity of legally owning other people who are forced to work for or obey you

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/us/dic … sh/slavery

A form of social stratification in which some individuals are literally owned by others as their property.

https://www.oxfordreference.com/display … 3100510888

Slavery can mean any activity that is forced by another to perform.

Slavery is the brutal and immoral practice of forcing someone into servitude without paying them.


The word slavery is often used as a pejorative to describe any activity in which one is coerced into performing.


Slavery under the UN is people being exploited.

Although modern slavery is not defined in law, it is used as an umbrella term covering practices such as forced labour, debt bondage, forced marriage, and human trafficking. Essentially, it refers to situations of exploitation that a person cannot refuse or leave because of threats, violence, coercion, deception, and/or abuse of power.


Slavery can mean unconditional servitude.

Slavery is the unconditional servitude of one individual to another.

https://www.encyclopedia.com/social-sci … or/slavery

So, there are many ways to define slavery.

1. the practice or institution of holding people as chattel involuntarily and under threat of violence
2. the state of a person who is forced usually under threat of violence to labor for the profit of another
3. a situation or practice in which people are entrapped (as by debt) and exploited
4. submission to a dominating influence