Philosophy and Religious Studies
Journal or Book Title
Conversations with the Biblical World
My first substantive engagement with the study of human trafficking came while I was researching my book, Slavery, Abolitionism, and the Ethics of Biblical Scholarship.1 Therein, I tried to show that most of biblical scholarship remains an apologetic enterprise despite its claims to be engaging in historico-critical scholarship. I cited many examples of how modern scholars attempt to place biblical slavery in a more benign light compared to other ancient Near Eastern cultures or to modern forms of slavery. A substantial portion of modern scholarship believes that biblical, and especially Christian, principles ultimately were responsible for abolition.
University of Mount Union
Avalos, Hector I., "The Ancient Near Eastern and Biblical Roots of Human Trafficking by ISIS" (2016). Philosophy and Religious Studies Publications. 34.