EXODUS AND EMANCIPATION: Biblical and African-American Slavery
Th e years of Hebrew slavery in Egypt, is paralled with years the Atlantic Slave Trade endured for African people. The Ancestral history of the African Diaspora provides knowledge of a legacy of greatness as well as an inheritance of sad consequences brought about through a curse for disobedience. Th e text will show that the Anglo American world power fits the description of the last world power that will enslave the people who were delivered, from Egyptian bondage. Illustrations and maps provide information on ancient lands and the people of scripture. It challenges the accepted view of the masses on characters of scripture, and will show from the Bible and secular historical accounts where descendants of a family that started out in Mesopotamia can be found today.
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Were Jews Ever Really Slaves in Egypt, or Is Passover a Myth?
And he took the staff of God in his hand. But I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go. And when they heard that the Lord was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped. I do not know the Lord and I will not let Israel go. Now let us take a three-day journey into the wilderness to offer sacrifices to the Lord our God, or he may strike us with plagues or with the sword. Get back to your work! You will not be given any straw, yet you must produce your full quota of bricks.
You have made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us. Is this why you sent me? I will free you from being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. Then you will know that I am the Lord your God, who brought you out from under the yoke of the Egyptians.
I will give it to you as a possession. I am the Lord. These were the clans of Reuben. These were the clans of Simeon. Levi lived years. Kohath lived years. Amram lived years. These were the Korahite clans. These were the heads of the Levite families, clan by clan. Tell Pharaoh king of Egypt everything I tell you. Then I will lay my hand on Egypt and with mighty acts of judgment I will bring out my divisions, my people the Israelites. Aaron threw his staff down in front of Pharaoh and his officials, and it became a snake. Confront him on the bank of the Nile, and take in your hand the staff that was changed into a snake.
But until now you have not listened. He raised his staff in the presence of Pharaoh and his officials and struck the water of the Nile, and all the water was changed into blood. Blood was everywhere in Egypt. They will come up into your palace and your bedroom and onto your bed, into the houses of your officials and on your people, and into your ovens and kneading troughs.
The frogs died in the houses, in the courtyards and in the fields. All the dust throughout the land of Egypt became gnats. The houses of the Egyptians will be full of flies; even the ground will be covered with them. This sign will occur tomorrow. The sacrifices we offer the Lord our God would be detestable to the Egyptians. And if we offer sacrifices that are detestable in their eyes, will they not stone us? The Americans were divided on the issue of the abolition of slavery. Those in the south were of the view that slavery was sanctioned by God and it gave the African slaves the advantage of being removed from their pagan and uncivilised environment and "given the advantages of the gospel.
The economic advantages of slavery for those in the south accounted for their stance for the practice of slavery to the extent of seeing it as being willed by God. Although the church was a partner in the trans-Atlantic slave trade, Christian denominations created the awareness of its atrocities to humanity. Taking the decision to end the slave trade in the United States of America became very controversial for the Christian denominations to such an extent that, apart from the Catholics and the Episcopalians, most other denominations suffered schism.
William Wilberforce, the English Christian evangelical parliamentarian, influenced the British government in to enact laws that ended the slave trade in Slavery has existed in most cultures as a source of labour. Its profitability blinded the ancient cultures to overlook its injustice against mankind. The ANE cultures permitted it and enacted laws to protect it. Ancient Israel, however, permitted it but toned down its atrocities based upon its own experience of slavery.
The NT writers did not explicitly condemn its practice but there are few indications to point to its evils. The societal desire to create wealth eventually got the church involved in the trans-Atlantic slave trade. The importance and profitability of the trade in wealth creation at that time, like in the other ancient cultures, blinded both the church and the state to overlook its injustice and atrocities against mankind.
The church did not have enough grounds from the sacred scriptures to abolish it and so tolerated and supported it. The relationship between the state and the church from the early beginning of its establishment accounted for this development. With time, the consciousness against the practice of slavery as unjust against humanity bordered the conscience of many in the church.
This resulted in pro- and anti-arguments for the slave trade, both in the state and the church.
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