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dc.contributor.authorDe Wet, C. L.
dc.date.accessioned2017-01-09T09:34:09Z
dc.date.available2017-01-09T09:34:09Z
dc.date.issued2016
dc.identifier.citationDe Wet, C.L. (2016). The punishment of slaves in early Christianity: the views of some selected church fathers. Acta Theologica, 23, 263-282.en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn1015-8758 (print)
dc.identifier.issn2309-9089 (online)
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.4314/actat.v23i1S.13
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11660/5251
dc.description.abstractWith few exceptions, many of the Church Fathers approved, in principle, of the punishment of slaves. However, there were very specific guidelines on why, how, and when to punish slaves. The purpose of this article is to analyse more closely how some of the early Church Fathers conceptualised the punishment of slaves. The study begins, first, by examining the theological justifications for the punishment of slaves. Secondly, it assesses the reasons for punishment – for what reasons did these Church Fathers admonish their slaveholding audiences to punish their slaves? Thirdly, the author investigates some selected Church Fathers’ advice on how to punish, in terms of both the psychological disposition of the owner and the various methods for punishment directed towards the slave body. Finally, the article more specifically explores how these Church Fathers understood some of the main elements that were present in, during, and after punishment, namely fear and pain.en_ZA
dc.language.isoenen_ZA
dc.publisherFaculty of Theology, University of the Free Stateen_ZA
dc.subjectSlaveryen_ZA
dc.subjectChurch historyen_ZA
dc.subjectPunishmenten_ZA
dc.subjectDisciplineen_ZA
dc.subjectChurch fathersen_ZA
dc.subjectPatristicsen_ZA
dc.titleThe punishment of slaves in early Christianity: the views of some selected church fathersen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublisher's version
dc.rights.holderFaculty of Theology, University of the Free State


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