There are a few words that get lost in translation. Some are figures of speech that do not fit the times and customs. And then there are some words softened to ease the impact. John MacArthur discusses one in particular doulos in his book Slave: The Hidden Truth About Your Identity in Christ. In thirteen chapter MacArthur weaves a solid argument unpacking the manner of the first century context for this word, why it is important to see, and how the original understanding is imperative to understanding how the Christian life is not.
MacArthur explains how translators softened the word’s meaning of slave to some degree in order to keep from drawing comparisons to antebellum slavery. His perception is implications are greater: “we are under the exclusive ownership of God.” The unpacking of the scriptures, the support of the context, and the implications of what “Lord” means assists the Christian reader to understand their identity properly.
This is more than a must read. For the layman I think this book will give you a good introductory eye-opening experience to who you are because of who you belong to. I would have liked to see Pastor John spend a little more time looking at the implications of slaves belonging to one Lord as the complete picture of an identity but perhaps there will be a follow-up book.
If you read the book, please drop a comment on http://www.holdtotruth.com and tell us what you think.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”