This is the first full study of early Christian ideology and the practice of slavery, now in paperback (originally published in HB by Oxford University Press in 2002). It examines early Christian slavery in its broad cultural setting; argues that modern scholars have failed to consider the impact of slavery on institutional structures, ideologies and practices of the early churches; and, focuses on the bodily experience of subjection and violation. It is an indispensable resource for anyone interested in slavery in early Christianity.
Jennifer A Glancy is Joseph C George Professor of Religious Studies at Le Moyne College, New York, USA. The Chair of the Bible and Cultural Studies section of the Society of Biblical Literature, she has written numerous articles on issues of gender and culture in early Jewish and Christian writings, and coauthored Introduction to the Study of Religion (Orbis, 1998).