In "Debt: The First 5000 Years" by David Graeber, there is a claim on page 129:
Even in the Bible, the admonition in the Ten Commandments not to "covet thy neighbor's wife" clearly referred not to lust in one's heart (adultery had already been covered in commandment number seven) but to the prospect of taking her as a debt-peon -- in other words, as a servant to sweep one's yard and hang out the laundry.
The citation is to a short "Editor's Corner" article by L. Randall Wray appearing Summer 1999 edition of the Journal of Post Keynesian Economics. I found it here. (The claim is on internal page 685, page 7 of the pdf).
In this article, the claim is repeated, with attribution to
Michael Hudson, "How the debt overhead led to financial crises in antiquity: from Babylonia to Leviticus, Financial tensions between tax collectors and creditors," lecture, Jerome Levy Economics Institute, March 6, 1998
I don't know how to follow the trail from here. Can anyone confirm or deny?
I'm wondering how this claim could even theoretically be substantiated -- do we have historical records that could tell us how the Bible was understood "originally"?