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Liberty

Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Volume 16
Editor(s): Christine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, Boston) 2018

Hebrew Bible/Old Testament

Emmanuel Ukaegbu-Onuoha

In the HB/OT the idea of liberty is expressed by terms such as derôr (ἄφεσις), liberty, liberation; ḥopshî (ἐλεύθερος), free[dom]; shemitta (ἄφεσις), remission; yobel (ἄφεσις), release/restitution. The HB/OT tries to convey the notion of liberty as the inalienability of an individual Israelite and/or the Israelites’ community to exercise ownership over themselves and their properties as person/s. This is because they alone are servants of YHWH and they do not have any other master (Lev 25:42, 5…

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