About This Text
Tractate Avadim ("Slaves") is one of seven small tractates that addresses topics for which there is no specific tractate in the Mishnah or Talmud. These tractates are written in the terse style of the Mishnah and are likely from the time period of the Mishnah or early Talmud, but their dating and places of composition are subject to debate. The first two chapters deal with the sale, acquisition, treatment, and redemption of the Eved Ivri, or Hebrew indentured servant. The last chapter deals with the Eved Kenaani, or gentile slave.
Composed: Talmudic Israel/Babylon, c.100 BCE - c.900 CE