I was arguing with a friend recently about the Bible, and whether it was divinely inspired, and we got onto the topic of slavery. The Bible appears to condone slavery, in that it gives sets of rules and regulation. My friend excused this by asserting that Biblical slavery was much much nicer than the kind we more often think about, and was more like indentured servitude, and they were well treated, and could win their freedom, and their children were free.
Is there any evidence, Biblical or historical, to support this contention?
Are there examples in the bible of “good guys” selling or giving people into involuntary servitude?