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The key adjective is "modern day". This wasn't true of the 17th century of Christian majority, or those who lived during Medieval times. What changed? Certainly not the bible. This indicates that the modern anti-slavery perspective developed from factors independent of the bible.

I'll chip in for a moment. No, the Bible didn't change. You are right there. But what you say next doesn't follow logically, at least there is another explanation. What changed was people's understanding of the what the Bible teaches about slavery. Christians came to see that the Bible did not support the kind of slavery practiced at the time, and were willing to go to war to see that practice ended.

Contrary to what you claim, proper interpretation of the Bible is critical to understanding what it does and doesn't support, and how that applies to modern life. Any relevant historical and cultural information necessary to understand it is essential, thus the need for commentaries. Translations simply cannot pack all the relevant information into the text of the Bible.

-Bryan
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