For a while, the price of a slave remained fairly stable but by the last quarter of the second millennium BCE., the price crept up to 30 shekels.During the first quarter of the Assyrian Empire, a healthy slave could fetch 50-60 pieces of silver and by the middle of the first millennium, the price of a slave soared to over 100 shekels. When the Torah tells us that Joseph was sold for 20 pieces of silver it was an accurate reflection of the price of a slave in Canaan/Egypt at that time period, about 1500 BCE according to our Biblical chronology. The Torah (Genesis ) tells us that the name of Joseph's slave-master was Potiphar.The Papyrus Brooklyn 53.1446 refers to a chief slave and gives his proper title as the one who was "Over the house." We see that the Torah is using the exact expression the contemporary Egyptians used for the foreman of the servants and slaves.4- "And Joseph's master took him, and put him in the prison, a place where the king's prisoners were confined" (Genesis ).By the time the Hellenistic historian, Manetho, composed his Aegyptiaca in the third century BCE, the pharaoh of the Exodus had already been mummified about 1,000 earlier.For the Jewish People, ancient Egypt has a much deeper allure.Others experience a few months or years of newlywed bliss before problems in the bedroom begin.
During the reign of the Hammurabi dynasty, the price increased slightly, to about 20 pieces of silver.
Due to the false accusations of Potiphar's wife, Joseph was thrown into a prison.
The concept of imprisonment was not widespread in the ancient world of the early Biblical era.
We get naturally accustomed to these things being in our lives and just assume they will always be there to enjoy.
The truth is, most things take work to grow and cultivate.