Sunday, November 9, 2008

Thesis 20: Patriarchy vs. Political Slavery

Nimrod built his city by slavery, and the relationship between the polis and slavery is an inescapable symbiosis.[1] The Biblical alternative to slavery to the State is domestic (household) apprenticeship.[2]

1. Genesis 10:8; 9:25-27; 47:21 (LXX [NIV])
2. Proverbs 17:2 + Genesis 15:2-3; 17:12; 14:14; Exodus 21:2-11; Deuteronomy 15:12-18; Jeremiah 34:8-17; Leviticus 25:39ff.

Nimrod: The "Hunter" Of Men

The commentators are fairly agreed that Nimrod was a violent enslaver of men. Slavery, however, is inescapable, at least in non-Christian cultures. Abraham is the Christian anti-type of Nimrod, building his household by evangelism and domestic apprenticeship. Secular Humanists would say Abraham's "servants" should have been "emancipated" -- that homeless autonomy is better than working in a Christian household.

Abraham as a Model of Community and Government

See Thesis #23

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