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By John Pohl

ISBN-10: 1841761486

ISBN-13: 9781841761480

In line with one well known photo, the Aztec military used to be a ruthless and effective battle desktop, that proven an empire by means of convincingly overwhelming its friends, sacrificing hundreds of thousands to bloodthirsty gods alongside the way in which.

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If, on the other hand, the slave owner is referred to here, one could imagine that rabbis were opposed to Jews eating a Passover meal prepared and served by uncircumcised gentile slaves, although the fact that gentile slaves would render the food impure is not expressly mentioned here. In connection with Exod. 12: 43–4 (‘The Lord said to Moses and Aaron: This is the law of the Passover oVering: No foreigner shall eat of it. But any slave a man has bought may eat of it once he has been circumcised’) the Mekhilta presents a diVerent explanation: ‘This indicates that the [failed obligation of ] circumcising his slaves may prevent him from eating the Passover oVering’ (Pisha Ba 15), that is, the master himself may not participate in the meal, if he was negligent and failed to purify his slaves properly.

Sexual exploitation of slaves by their masters was rampant in the ancient world. It was one of the ways in which slaves were objectiWed. The usage of slave concubines also aVected the husband–wife relationship. Like the close relationship formed between slave nurses and their nurslings, concubinage loosened the bonds between the primary members of the family. Since children borne by slave mothers would automatically obtain slave status, concubinage relationships kept the number of heirs within limits and thereby helped to maintain the Introduction 23 family property.

14: 14]. ’ 39 This ruling seems to be contradicted by R. Yose: uncircumcised slave children cannot be the slaves of an Israelite. The following text (‘until it is known about them that they are the sons of slave women . . ’) is diYcult to understand and may be corrupt. 40 The dangers of pollution through the possession of pagan slaves within one’s houeshold were also seen by early Christians. GeoVrey S. Nathan, The Family in Late Antiquity: The Rise of Christianity and the Endurance of Tradition, London and New York 2000, 172, points to the church canon of Elvira (Canon 41, 306 ce) which prohibited slaves’ possession of idolatrous idols in Christian households.

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