Halfabo wrote:This is in no way comparable to the order to kill and subdue all unbelievers in the Quran.
I"m afraid I have to disagree. Enslaving a person is even worse than killing them.
That's a real stretch, sir. I don't know how you can equate the two. I really don't. I can only guess you are presuming that to be a slave back then meant to be abused and tortured 24x7. Slaves back in that day were the equivalent of butlers and gardeners today. It was considered a job, with the "salary" being free room and board, clothes, and food. Sure, there were abusive slave-owners who took advantage of their position and wantonly abused their slaves. But the bible certainly never encouraged or condoned that behavior. In today's context, an abusive slave-owner would be the equivalent of an a*hole boss that verbally abuses you and forces you to work overtime, knowing that you can't afford to quit your job. Many people are suffering those abuses today, especially in this economy where the employers hold all the marbles.
I'm quite certain, judging simply by human experience, that the vast majority of slave owners back then were reasonable with their slaves and rewarded them according to the quality of their work.