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The Enslaved Christians who Co-Wrote the Bible

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Candida Moss

Scholars say the New Testament was authored by familiar names, like Matthew, Mark, Luke, John and Paul. But they had important help: slave labor.

That’s the part that biblical scholar Candida Moss wants to talk about — the enslaved people who helped create the foundational text of Christianity. When you read that Paul dictated his epistle to, say, a “secretary,” well, that person was probably enslaved. Slavery was common in the ancient Roman world. And here’s Candida Moss’s real claim: enslaved Christians didn’t just take dictation; she says they were biblical co-authors in their own right, whose influence shaped the meanings and messages of the Bible itself.


Candida Moss | Professor of Theology at the University of Birmingham, UK. Her book is “God’s Ghostwriters: Enslaved Christians and the Making of the Bible” [Amazon|Bookshop].

Airdate: Wednesday, May 8, 2024, at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.

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