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Slave of Christ: A New Testament Metaphor for Total Devotion to Christ (New Studies in Biblical Theology, vol. 8 | NSBT)

, 1999
ISBN: 9780830826087

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The New Testament finds many ways to depict the relationship of Christians and their Lord. They are his disciples, sons, daughters, and friends. But it is perhaps too little recognized that they are also his slaves.

Murray J. Harris sets out to uncover what it means to be a slave of Christ. He begins by assessing the nature of actual slavery in the Greco-Roman world and the New Testament’s attitude towards it. Drawing insights from this, he goes on to unfold the metaphor of slavery to Christ. Among the topics discussed are slavery and spiritual freedom, lordship, ownership, and privilege.

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Key Features

  • Contains scholarly and accessible volumes written by well-respected Biblical scholars
  • Includes notes that interact with the best of recent research and significant literature
  • Engages the immense challenges facing today’s church
  • Offers new insights and challenges established positions
  • Encourages Christians to better understand their Bibles through biblical theology


  • Slavery in the Roman Empire in the First Century AD
  • The New Testament Attitude Towards Physical Slavery
  • Slavery and Freedom
  • Slavery and Lordship
  • Slavery and Ownership
  • Slavery and Privilege
  • 'Slave of Christ': Its Significance in the New Testament
  • 'Slave of Christ': Four New Testament Examples

Praise for the Print Edition

Combines meticulous scholarship and the careful unpacking of a biblical theme that is widely neglected. . . . A most valuable work.

—D.A. Carson, research professor of New Testament, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School

I hope that you are familiar with InterVarsity Press’ series titles New Studies in Biblical Theology. . . . I would like to introduce it to you by previewing one of the volumes that has greatly impacted my view of the Christian life. I appreciate the help in working through the biblical data provided here by Murray J. Harris. I highly recommend this study to you.

—Jason Button, TheoSource

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Murray J. Harris is professor emeritus of New Testament exegesis and theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois.

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