This site will feature Bible-based articles some days, silly posts and quotes at least twice a week and facts about Jack the Ripper-to begin with.

These are my notes from lesson 4-which I somehow skipped.

*Philemon’s challenge: to go above and beyond-to be just and merciful.  Philemon was known for his love, faith and encouragement.  The gospel keeps digging deeper into us-we never get there.

*The role of Paul: mediator, advocate vs10, 19 payer of debt, like Christ.

Most of the slaves were owned by wealthy, poor sometimes had 1 or 2 slaves-were like a Rolls Royce

*The counterculture of Christianity: counter to socitety, rules and ways, was social and political

-refused to worship society’s idols–like someone not standing for the National Anthem

-limited support of the state

-new philosophy and rejection of traditions

-transcended social levels and dismantled social barriers–could climb ladder

1) What levels of society were found in the Roman world?  senate, equestrians-military commanders, municipal aristocrats-ran territories, plebians-commoners, freemen-had been slaves

Republic-2 groups-Patricians-landholders, Senate; Plebians-everyone else

2) What was the basis for enslavement? economics-debt, war captives-Punic Wars-Julius Caessar-500,000 slaves-France-Gall, piracy-Caesar captured by pirates, he escaped but few did- came back and crucified them; punishment, birth, racism

3) What were some types of slaves? agricultural, tutors-wealthy had children tutored by slaves who were educated, accountants-CFO

Roman Empire-just cause to kill a slave; runaways were branded, crucified  Gov.took 6000 slaves crucified on Appean Way

Empncipation-as society became advanced, not as hard on slaves, slaves could earn extra money and owner kept it-used it as motivation-master out of good will, slave healed master

Ceremony for freed slave-temple-to gods

*Christianity’s affect on slavery–Why not? reform on taxes or abolish slaves-not about social issues

Paul appeals to Philemon from the gospel.  When people come into Christ, you look at them differently.  Christianity eroded slavery over time

Galatians 4:4-5-concept of redemption-freed from slavery to sin, then made member of the family.  We were slaves to sin, freed in Christ

Book of James-wealthy-be humble

Titus 2:13-14; Hebrews 9:12-15


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