The state of liberty that results from not being oppressed or in bondage.
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
FREEDOM [Heb ḥupšâ (חֻפְשָׁה); Gk eleutheria (ἐλευθερια)]. In both the OT and the NT freedom is liberty as opposed to slavery. More importantly, in the NT freedom is achieved through Jesus Christ.A. The Old TestamentB. Greek World and HellenismC. Ancient JudaismD. The New Testament1. Paul2.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Liberty. Quality or state of being free. In the ancient world slavery was universal. The Law of Moses provided that a Hebrew slave serve six years and go free in the seventh (Ex 21:2). This provision of the Law lies behind Jeremiah 34, a passage which makes two things plain: (1) what the Law required
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Liberty [Heb. derôr, reḥāḇâ (Ps. 119:45); Gk. eleuthería, ánesis (Acts 24:23), exousía—‘authority’ (1 Cor. 8:9), apolýō (“set at liberty,” Acts 28:18), apostéllōen aphései (“set at liberty,” Lk. 4:18)]; AV also LET GO; NEB also DELIVERANCE, MANUMISSION, RELEASE, etc.; FREE (SET)
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
LIBERTY* Quality or state of being free. In the ancient world slavery was universal. The law of Moses provided that a Hebrew slave serve six years and go free in the seventh (Ex 21:2). This provision of the law lies behind Jeremiah 34, a passage that makes two things plain: (1) what the law required
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
FREEDOM. Freedom is exemption or release of one personality from domination by or obligation to another. The concept appears frequently in the Bible, especially in the passages dealing with the laws of slavery under the Mosaic regime, and also in the Pauline epistles, where the term is applied to individual
LIBERTYThe OT concept of liberty. The Heb. term drôr always implies a liberation from slavery or imprisonment (e.g., Jer 34:8–17). It is cognate with Akkad, andurârum signifying a release, in legal documents from the kingdom of Hana. The LXX translates it by aphesis, a Gr. term for release or exemption
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
LIBERTY. The biblical idea of liberty (freedom) has as its background the thought of imprisonment or slavery. Rulers would imprison those whom they regarded as wrongdoers (Gn. 39:20); a conquered nation might be enslaved by its conqueror, or a prisoner of war by his captor, or an individual might, like
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
FreedomThe Gospels contain few explicit references to freedom. Eleutheria (freedom) does not appear in the Gospels, eleutheros (“free”) appears only three times (Mt 17:26; Jn 8:33, 36) and eleutheroō (“set free”) appears only twice (Jn 8:32, 36). Thus, most of what the Gospels say about freedom
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Freedom/libertyPaul is the “apostle of liberty” (Longenecker). He employs the noun eleutheria (“freedom,” “liberty”), the adjective eleutheros (“free”) and the verb eleutheroō (“to liberate,” “set free”). The use of these terms for proclaiming the gospel (as distinct from denoting social status, Col
Catholic Bible Dictionary
FREEDOM The power to choose good or evil. Human freedom is expressed eloquently in the Old Testament by Sirach: “It was he [the Lord] who created man in the beginning, and he left him in the power of his own inclination” (Sir 15:14). The Catechism of the Catholic Church states: “Freedom is the power,
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Freedom, Liberty
Freedom, LibertyThe most common terminology for freedom (eleutheria and its cognates) occurs only eight times in Acts, the General Epistles and Revelation out of a total of forty-one NT usages. If one adds to these eight specific usages a comparison of freedom-related topics in both these and other
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
FREEDOM (Heb. ḥūpshâ, “liberty”; Gk. politeia, “citizenship,” Acts 22:28).
Encyclopedia of the Reformed Faith
FreedomIn the history of Christian doctrine and the Reformed tradition, freedom has three basic foci: the freedom of God in the work of creation and redemption; the basic freedom of willing and choosing with which human beings are endowed by nature, underlying all teaching concerning their responsibility
Key passages
Ex 20:2

“I am Yahweh, your God, who brought you out from the land of Egypt, from the house of slaves.

Is 58:6

Is this not the fast I choose: to release the bonds of injustice, to untie the ropes of the yoke, and to let the oppressed go free, and tear every yoke to pieces?

Jn 8:32–36

and you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.” They replied to him, “We are descendants of Abraham and have not been enslaved to anyone at any time. How do you say, ‘You will become free’?” Jesus replied to them, “Truly, truly I say to you, that everyone who commits sin is a …

1 Co 7:22

For the one who is called in the Lord while a slave is the Lord’s freedperson. Likewise the one who is called while free is a slave of Christ.

2 Co 3:17

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.

Ga 5:1

For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not be subject again to a yoke of slavery.

1 Pe 2:16

Live as free persons, and not using your freedom as a covering for evil, but as slaves of God.