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God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation

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Learn about current issues involving marriage and the family and examine these issues in light of biblical passages. Ideal for personal and group study or as a textbook for Christian marriage and family courses.
Paperback, 448 pages
Published November 11th 2004 by Crossway Books
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Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Daniel Akin, President of Southeastern Theological Seminary says this in his forward, "Perhaps more books ought to be written by a biblical scholar in collaboration with Christian ethicists who have a special interest in and love for marriage and family.
I have found this book to be excellent as it approaches marriage and family from the biblical standard and provides wonderful practical application for contemporary marriages and families.
Mike E.
Jul 23, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: marriage
This book would make a good gift to a married couple.

It is comprehensive and thoroughly biblical. The strength of the book is that it is fair in presenting competing views on various issues--like parenting philosophies, the use/non-use of birth control, the permissibility of divorce and remarriage, homosexuality, etc.

Chapter eight is the best chapter in the book. It includes excellent and practical help for parenting--especially teens. For example the authors list seven signs of spiritual maturi
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
The 2nd edition of God, Marriage, and Family by Andreas Kostenberger (first edition was published in 2004) adds several sections to this jam-packed theology book on all things family as the challenges to the Bible in these areas continue to change quickly. God’s Word hasn’t changed on these topics, but the ways in which believers must apply the Word is becoming increasingly confusing these days. Homosexuality, for example, is gaining acceptance even among many in the church, many using the Bible ...more
Sep 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: pastors and laity alike
For the first 6 chapters of this book, Kostenberger isn't writing an opinion piece, rather, he's presenting in systematic fashion what Scripture says about marriage and family. There are few who approach the task he seeks to accomplish with greater skill than Kostenberger, and the result is a solid, Scripturally based overview of God's design for marriage and family.

While he doesn't depart from his Scriptural foundation in the later chapters, he doesn't begin with them, rather, he takes on conte
Mark A Powell
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Marriage and family life (including children, singleness, divorce, and homosexuality) are examined thoroughly. Kostenberger and Jones do solid exegetical research, developing a biblical theology of family, though minor quibbles remain. The inference that homosexuality is reducible to choice, for example. Certainly homosexual acts are a choice (and undeniably sinful) yet homosexual desires may not be chosen at all—who among us chooses all our temptations? Slight grievances aside, this is a worthw ...more
Brooke E
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book is extremely helpful personally to help me truly see a full picture in the Scriptures of God's good desire and design, and His seriousness on marriage and family. This book is expecially helpful in this age that all things regarding marriage and famliy are being redefined. This provides a view of the family rooted in bibilical theology tracing through all of the Bible from Genesis to the Epistles. Some can surely reject it, but the bibical reference and the clearity of the work of bibl ...more
Ryan Reed
Oct 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Solid primer on an important study. Köstenberger gives you just enough on a particular topic to inspire future study.
James Lynch
Aug 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, kindle
This is a good, comprehensive study on what the Bible says about marriage, singleness, children, divorce, homosexuality, birth control, parenting, and the church. It covers a lot of ground at a high level, but the list of works references and the resources listed at the end shows that Kostenberger has done his research. He draws conclusions that many will not agree with, but conservative Christians will not likely be surprised by many of his conclusions.

I especially appreciated his explanation
Micah Lugg
Kostenberger has served the modern church well by his work in this volume. Consisting of 14 well-crafted chapters, the book carefully and wisely addresses the major issues regarding marriage and family. The second edition has some helpful additions that include a section on parenting teens and various sections that interact with the current debate of various issues.

Also very helpful is the chapter he added entitled, "God, Marriage, Family, and the Church: Learning to Be the Family of God." In th
Scott Ristau
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great Overview

Köstenberger and Jones have provided an excellent overview of what Scripture reveals about marriage and family.

Particular strengths include the comprehensiveness of the book, as well as its integrative nature. Topics like marriage, singleness, gender, manhood, womanhood, child-bearing, dating, and the relation of family to the church are all critically related. Other essentially-related topics are ethical issues like divorce, remarriage, homosexuality, and polygamy. All these issu
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
With the plethora of purportedly biblical views on marriage and family circulating through churches today, I was feeling a bit confused. Kostenberger's book looked like a good tool for clarification, and it was. I highly recommend it to any adult who wants to know what the Bible says about many of the issues surrounding marriage and family. Truth is stated clearly and firmly without vilifying opposing views. In the many issues addressed, he takes care to state what the Bible says without going b ...more
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This is a great volume on the topic of God, Marriage, and the Family. Andrea Kostenberger gives a through treatment on the subjects of family and marriage including topics and issues directly related to both. Highly recommend this book to both those who are married as well as single people and definitely to those in pastoral ministry or those pursuing pastoral ministry. My wife and I enjoyed walking through this as a couple and it certainly encouraged us.
Apr 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
A very good overview of what Marriage is and isn't and how to live as a husband or wife from a purely Biblical standpoint to honor God and give Him all the glory. I hope someday if I do get married to do just that; but even more so, I pray my wife to be will know God more intimately because of our relationship.
Lindsay Kennedy
Dec 18, 2010 rated it really liked it
Comprehensive and Biblically-based approach on the topics of Marriage, family, children, gender roles, etc. Unlike many books full of pragmatism influenced by current trends, this title aims to be as Biblically founded as possible - thus filling a unique and sadly neglected role in the church today, and recommended as such.
Oct 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: church, theology, family
Very comprehensive survey of all the Bible says about marriage and family. Does not always delve into the details and struggles with those who would disagree with a "traditional" family. However, the research is clearly there and one can simply looking up the valuable resources in the massive bibliography, which is almost half of the pagination.
Rob Blake
Jan 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic book about marriage & family issues according to God's design. Solid exegesis giving the biblical basis for the topics discussed & covers many of the difficult issues that many books gloss over or leave out entirely. I have made this the book for my pre-marriage & marriage counseling sessions.
Joan Daniels
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fine read, strong on faith.
Oct 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Nothing particularly profound or new here. It's just a collection of everything you'd expect from a conservative Baptist. (I don't use that label pejoratively.) I honestly have no idea why the author felt that this book was needed.
Steve Taylor
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
More of a reference book for particular issues than a read straight through type of book. There are some areas of referring back to previous chapters, but very helpful in thinking on particular topics.
Garrett Starr
This is a fantastic read and a great tool for equipping Christians with the biblical worldview through which they can respond to the cultural issues assaulting the God-ordained institutions of covenant marriage and the family.
Rick Hogaboam
Jul 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading through yet a second time. An almost must-have in every Christian home for reference. It's fairly exhaustive as a systematic treatment of the family based on Scripture. It also serves as a thorough apologetic for a complementarian vision of gender and marriage.
Ben Nasmith
May 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Very well written and researched book on biblical marriage. I found it very helpful and refreshing to read a book on this topic that held a measure of academic credibility that many opinion/advise books seem to lack.
Jan 12, 2009 added it
Reiterates what you think you know. It's always nice to know you had it right.
Dec 28, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
The writing was kind of dry and they didn't go as deep as I wanted, but for it was, it was quite good.
Jun 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Excellent resource, tremendously helpful: coherent, comprehensive survey of marriage and family themes and issues through Scripture without being tedious or laborious. Refreshing and edifying.
Chris Land
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A very good theological book on marriage and family.
Jan 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: seminary
Pretty good. Liked its solid foundation for the family.

Read for RTS -- Pastoral and Social Ethics
Matt Mason
Apr 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Takes a while to plow through it. And the footnotes are BRUT.AL. But, when it's all over, there's not another book like it for comprehensive biblical and pastoral treatments of the topics.
Josh Shelton
Aug 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biblical-studies
Good biblical foundations for family matrix.
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