The Torah Archaic And Irrelevant

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Among the foremost arguments commonly presented by groups with “revolutionary” ideas in their attempt to prove the Torah archaic and irrelevant, is that the Torah’s writings revolve around an ancient and uncivilized people who were completely unsophisticated in their ethical values. A primary example of this claim, they say, is the Torah’s obvious endorsement of the so-called uncultured and cruel practice of slavery. Granted, the practice of one man exercising absolute control over a fellow man appears wholly unethical from the framed perspective of the modern attitude towards the institution of servitude in general, as it unquestionably harbors a negative denotation as well as connotation in modern society. However, many who consider themselves experts on the topic have never really studied the laws pertaining to the owning of a slave in depth, nor have they any clue or knowledge as to the definition and connotation slavery holds in pure Jewish terminology.
Slavery is indeed validated by our holy Torah as an acceptable and legitimate practice. It is written: “As for your male and female slaves whom you may have: you may buy male and female slaves from among the nations that are around you. You may also buy from among the strangers who sojourn with you and their clans that are with you, who have been born in your land and they may be your property. You may bequeath them to your sons after you to inherit as a possession forever. You may make slaves of them, but over your…

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