An examination of the complex attitudes towards slavery and prostitution in the Bible and drawing lessons for modern campaigners against human trafficking. Illustrated by Ian Smith.
Trade Information: LPOD
Available as: Paperback, PDF
Specifications: 229x153mm, 122pp
Published: November 2016
Published: November 2016
Written to be used in churches, activist organisations and groups as well as by individuals, Setting the Captives Free explores how a theological understanding of slavery goes against the idea of a God who is loving and just. Ardently arguing that slavery is incompatible with Christianity, Marion Carson analyses how both anti-slavery and pro-slavery movements have been justified with the help of Scripture. In Setting the Captives Free, she provides an answer to the question "What can the Bible say to us about contemporary human trafficking?" By looking through important passages from the Old and the New Testament, Carson suggests what they might have to say to us about slavery in the twenty-first century. She analyses how Christians changed their views of slavery after its abolition, before closely examining what the Bible has to say about slavery in general, especially with regards to prostitution. At the end of each chapter, study questions are included to aid individual and group discussions in the hope that they will increase awareness of human trafficking and encourage more Christians to become actively involved in its eradication.
List of Illustrations
Foreword by Tony Peck
2. Human Trafficking Today
3. Reading the Bible: Lessons from History
4. Slavery in the Old Testament
5. Slavery in the New Testament
6. Prostitution in the Old Testament
7. Prostitution in the New Testament
Appendix: Suggestions for Further Reading
Marion L.S. Carson is a freelance theologian and writer who lives in Glasgow. She is secretary of the European Baptist Federation's Anti-Trafficking Network.
If believers want to eliminate modern-day slavery, they should begin by reading this book. No other book so thoroughly examines the biblical texts dealing with human trafficking and prostitution. Setting the Captives Free is the result of years of rigorous theological research – and ministry with victims. It challenges Jesus-followers to look at an ugly issue through God's eyes – and then never see someone in prostitution the same way again. Lauran Bethell, International Consultant, Issues of Human Trafficking/Prostitution, International Ministries ABC/USA Founder, International Christian Alliance on Prostitution (ICAP)
[Marion L.S. Carson] speaks with authority and passion. ... [She] leads the reader carefully, thoughtfully and critically through the biblical texts on these topics. ... The book is clearly written and well provided with points for discussion and further reading. It should prove to be a valuable tool for encouraging individuals and groups to think about these urgent issues and to see active combating of such practices as of central import to the living out of the Christian faith. John Riches, in The Expository Times, Vol 128, No 11