The “release” of the Hebrew slaves during the time of the Babylonian siege was a cynical affair, setting the slaves “free” from being provided food and shelter by their owners in a time of scarcity. The passage raises important questions about the nature of freedom: freedom from? freedom unto? freedom for?
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Jacobson, Rolf A. “A Freedom That Is No Freedom: Jeremiah 34 and the Sabbatical Principle.” Word & World 22, no. 4 (September 2002): 396–405.
Jacobson, Rolf A., "A Freedom That Is No Freedom: Jeremiah 34 and the Sabbatical Principle" (2002). Faculty Publications. 112.