Roman Emperors Forbid Jews Making Slaves of Non-Jews Hot

Emperors Constans and Constantius II issue a decree forbidding Jews from holding any non-Jewish slaves and imposing the death penalty on Jews who circumcise non-Jewish slaves.

The decree states:

"If any Jews purchase a slave from another sect or people, that slave must be freed immediately. If a Jew purchased a slave and circumcised him, he shall lose the slave as well as be executed.

If a Jew dares purchase slaves who are adherents of Christianity, he shall be deprived of all such slaves in his possession." [CTh 16.9.2]

Thus it's acceptable for Christians to own Jewish slaves, pagan slaves, or even Christian slaves. Owning other human beings isn't regarded as unChristian or immoral. What's so wrong that it has to be legally banned is for Christians to be owned by non-Christians and by Jews in particular.

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Emperors of Rome: Constans

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