Originally Posted by inertia186
Well, the original Greek might be better translated today as bondservant. A bondservant can be described as a slave, but is still very different from chattel slave.
Usually, when we hear "slavery," we imagine chattel slavery.
Bondservants have a debt obligation to their masters. Often, after the debt is paid off, the servant elects to stay with their master.
Under chattel slavery, there is no debt. Slaves are just owned as property like mules and such.
If this is true, why was Onesimus in prison?
For every complex question, there is a simple answer…and it is wrong.
Last edited by muscogee; 12-30-2012 at 22:00..