freeman, freewoman

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), that is, freemen or freewomen, or free because they had received a grant of freedom from slavery, that is, freedmen or freedwomen (Lat. liberati). Children born after a slave had been freed were considered to be free born. Paul enunciated a major tenet of the early Christian faith when he declared that in Christ all such differences among people had been nullified (Gal 3:28).

Gal 3:28

28There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for all of you are one in Christ Jesus.

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