Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible: The Social and Literary Context
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Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible: The Social and Literary Context

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To many, the New Testaments teaching on divorce and remarriage seems both impractical and unfair. The plain meaning of the texts allows for divorce only in cases of adultery or desertion, and it does not permit remarriage until the death of ones former spouse. But are these proscriptions the final word for Christians? Are we reading them correctly today? This new book show...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published September 20th 2002 by William B Eerdmans Publishing Co (first published May 31st 2002)
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Neil Richardson
Sometimes people come along and write definitive guides that are completely exhaustive and comprehensive. This is one of them, and it's brilliant, though I'm not (currently) persuaded of all of the author's conclusions which are:
1. 4 grounds for divorce - (a) adultery (porneia), (b) desertion, (c) emotional neglect, (d) material neglect
2. Porneia means adultery (as opposed to illegitimate marriage [narrow] or anything that causes a breakdown in marriage [wide])
3. Desertion means abandonment by a...more
Sheryl Tribble
Love this book. Read it on the Internet while he was still working on it and then bought it when it came out, because it's the best one I've seen on the topic. He starts with how the ancient Jews understood marriage and what verses they grounded their understanding in, then moves forward from there. Puts pretty near every Biblical discussion of the topic in context to the times. Not just how the Hillelite-Shammaite divorce debate applied to Matthew 5 but how the ancient Jews defined marriage in...more
Радостин Марчев
Много добре и компетентно написана книга. Изказът е ясен и идеите лесни за следване, а позициите ясно изразени. Егзегетиката е неспекулативна, а изследването, което стои зад нея сериозно. Вероятно най-доброто, на което съм попадал по темата.
Aug 27, 2013 Brantley rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Christian leaders
Instone-Brewer argues that the church has misread the Old and New Testament on the issue of divorce due to a lack of cultural understanding on the issue. Where many teach that the Bible condemns divorce, Instone-Brewer provides a convincing evidential critique of that reading through ANE texts and culture to demonstrate how the whole of the Bible discourages but allows for divorces in particular instances of adultery, desertion, and emotional or material neglect.
Kim Winters
Helpful exposition to cause you to more fully flesh out your biblical, Christ-centered position on divorce and remarriage. Did not agree with everything here, but definitely helpful, especially with regard to putting difficult texts in context and moving forward prayerfully and carefully from there.
Justin Wilson
Will turn your mind into goo, but will, at the same time, edifying you to turn to Scripture.
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