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Jewish Slavery in Antiquity$
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Catherine Hezser

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199280865

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280865.001.0001

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The Acquisition and Sale of Slaves

The Acquisition and Sale of Slaves

(p.247) 11 The Acquisition and Sale of Slaves
Jewish Slavery in Antiquity

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The employment of slaves was advantageous only under particular circumstances, and these circumstances also determined whether slave owners would rely on slave labour only or combine slave labour with other types of work. The extent to which slave labour was used in Roman Palestine will have depended on slaves' availability and price. The trade in slaves was a common ancient phenomenon, and Roman Palestine is unlikely to have constituted an exception in this regard. The specific ways in which the ownership of slaves was transferred from one person to another are regulated by both Roman property law and rabbinic halakhah.

Keywords:   slaves, regulation, Roman Palestine, ancient Rome, property law, sale, acquisition, slave labour, Roman property law, rabbinic halakhah

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