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Did Jesus Condone Slavery?

This question on the r/Christianity subreddit sparked quite a controversy in the comments. But I think it's worth thinking about and trying to get at an answer.
Would Jesus have been in favor of, or at least complicit with the system of slavery?[TL;DR - NO!]

The unfortunate part of answering this question is that a biblical case can be made both in support of slavery and against it. That's why both Union and Confederate soldiers could believe they had God on their side. Slave owners and abolitionists both used Scripture to justify their actions and ideologies.

I think we have to start by admitting some things:
Slavery was a part of society and culture basically from the beginning of Scripture. The Israelites were slaves in Egypt. The Israelites were allowed to have slaves/servants (with certain rules and restrictions). The Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, Greeks, and Romans all had slavery as part of their economic system.Jesus and his earliest followers did not explicitly fi…