“Slavery in Egypt is actually one of the biblical archeologists’ biggest disappointments. It is almost common knowledge now amongst Egyptologists that the Pyramids, long thought to have been built by the crack of the whip, were actually built by paid labor“
Indeed, one of the most prominent themes we find in the Israelite stories is the theme of “slavery”. The stories of the Jewish Patriarchs of Abraham, Joseph, and Moses are all stories of slaves being bought and sold.
Throughout most of its three-thousand-year kingdom, slave-trade was not practiced in ancient Egypt. Slavery, as a public and widespread culture, was introduced in Egypt at the very late period of the Egyptian kingdom (during the 4th-3th century BC and after the Greek conquest).
But why didn’t Slave trade prosper in Ancient Egypt? In the video we put that question to Professor. Mustafa El-Abbadi, the renowned historian of Greco-Roman Egypt.
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