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A former slave (1 Cor 7:22; Col 3:11; Rev 6:15). Sometimes used figuratively to refer to spiritual freedom. For further information, see this article: Slavery.
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Freedman [Gk. apeleútheros] (1 Cor. 7:22). The Greek term, denoting one who was born a slave and has received freedom, is used only once in the NT. The freedom referred to here is spiritual freedom: he who was in bondage to sin has been presented with spiritual freedom by the Lord. This new freedom
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
freeman, freewoman, a person who had been born free. One of the fundamental distinctions of status in the Roman world was that of slave or free. Free persons might be either free by birth (Lat. ingenui), i.e., freemen or freewomen, or free because they had received a grant of freedom from slavery, i.e.,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
FREEMAN. The KJV does not use “freeman” in the OT. The RSV, however, so translates the Heb. word ḥôrɩ̂m (“free born, nobles” in Eccl 10:17, ASV marg.). In the NT apeleutheros (1 Cor 7:22) refers to a freed slave, and in this particular reference, to one who has received spiritual freedom, while eleutheros
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
FREEMAN, FREEWOMAN. Two Gk. words are used. 1. apeleutheros, ‘one fully freed’, applies to a man who, born a slave, has been freed. In 1 Cor. 7:22a the reference is to one freed by the Lord from the bondage of sin (cf. 1 Cor. 12:13; Col. 3:11; Rev. 13:16, etc.). 2. eleutheros, ‘free man’, occurs in 1
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Freedmanfreedman (kjv: ‘libertine’), a person in the Greco-Roman world who had been a slave but had secured release from that status by purchasing freedom or working to achieve it. When Jewish slaves in the world of that time, especially from the city of Rome, won their freedom, many of them went to
Freeman, Freewomanfreeman, freewoman, a person who had been born free. One of the most fundamental distinctions of status (and hence of rights and duties) in the Roman world was that of slave or free. Those who were free persons might either be free by birth (Lat. ingenui), that is, freemen or freewomen,
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
freedman. This term, referring to an emancipated slave, is used by the NIV and other versions to render Greek apeleutheros G592, which occurs only once in a figurative sense: “For he who was a slave when he was called by the Lord is the Lord’s freedman; similarly, he who was a free man [eleutheros G1801]
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