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In most of the translations that is what is being described (i.e. farm equipment). It's even worse in Lev 25:44-46, because even your NET translation explicitly says "slaves" and "you own" and "may be bought".

This is the heart of my objection to your interpretation and "analysis". I've tried to get you to define slave and property so we could evaluate your claims properly but so far you have just wanted to assume what the words mean. I think, when all the evidence is evaluated, it is hard to sustain the claim that these slaves/servants were treated as or considered farm equipment. You've asserted such several times, but you have not argued for it. I have argued based on evidence from the context, that your assertion doesn't fit the evidence.

As to the NET translation of Lev 25 you quoted, I have no issue with it.

Don't get me wrong. I applaud you for being bothered by this.

I'm not bothered by it. What parts should I be bothered by?

That's why I said, and continue to say, the your "morality" and my "morality" and really the vast majority of the planet's "morality" is superior to that of the bible.

So you continue to assert, but have yet to justify. You stated before: "Do I stand in judgement of Hebrew society? Yes, I suppose I do. We all judge societies (past and present) through our lens." But you have not argued for the veracity of your "lens" yet. Why should anyone care what your personal preferences are? Or what evolution has fooled you into thinking is "morality"? As I've said, it seems to me that as an atheist, you can't really affirm that something is immoral. On what basis could you? In your view there can be no objective moral values or obligations. So I'm left puzzled by what you could possibly mean that you "stand in judgement" of these biblical texts. I think you mean "I don't like it", but I don't think you see it that way.
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