Episode 3: Slavery in the Ancient Mediterranean World and the New Testament with Robin Thompson

In this episode, we explore the heart-wrenching and often divisive topic of slavery in the Ancient Mediterranean World and its relation to the New Testament and the earliest Christians. Robin Thompson (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) is Adjunct Professor of Theology at Houston Baptist University and a visiting professor of New Testament Studies at Dallas Theological Seminary. She has written several academic articles and papers on slavery and the New Testament and was recently recognized with a Regional Scholar Award by the Society of Biblical Literature. As she has not yet published her own work in book form, here are a few resources she recommended on the topic:

Scot McKnight, Philemon, New International Commentary on the New Testament (Eerdmans, 2017).
Keith Bradley, Slavery and Society at Rome (Cambridge, 1994).
Henrick Mouritsen, Freedmen in the Roman World (Cambridge, 2011).
Jennifer Glancy, Slavery in Early Christianity (Oxford, 2001).
Jennifer Glancy, Slavery as Moral Problem: In the Early Church and Today (Fortress, 2011).

Short video clip of the English Standard Version (ESV) Translation Committee debating the translation of δουλος (slave) in the New Testament.

This episode is a bit longer than usual, but I think most listeners will appreciate taking the extra time to learn more about this topic.

To explore more resources for engaging the New Testament or to keep up with my research and musings, visit my website: christophermarsh.org.

Published by Christopher Marsh

Christopher Marsh is a ThM student at Dallas Theological Seminary. His studies focus on the New Testament and Greek, but he has broad interests in music, worship, and poetics in Judaism, Christianity, and the Ancient Mediterranean and Near East. He lives in Dallas, TX with his wife and three children.

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