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God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation

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The release of the landmark first edition of God, Marriage, and Family provided an integrated, biblical treatment of God's purposes for the home. Since then, explain authors Andreas Köstenberger and David Jones, the crisis confronting modern households has only intensified, and yet the solution remains the same: obedience to and application of God's Word.

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Kindle Edition, 2nd edition, 402 pages
Published May 2008 by Good News Publishers/Crossway Books (first published November 11th 2004)
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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
Mar 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: junk
Or how to live the good life like an illiterate goat herder from three millennia ago.
Laurent Dv
May 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Finally the book that I was looking for : a global exegesis and study of family, man and woman, children, marriage, celibacy (the best part I think). All the subjects that are interwoven..

In fact this is a biblical theology of sexuality or humans from the point of view of family and sex.
I goes from Genesis through Revelation. And as we go along, themes are dealed with. For example on the NT part with Jesus and Paul, divorce is the main subject. On Ephesians 5, the chapter speaks of marriage. I d
Mark A Powell
Mar 05, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Guillaume Bourin
Feb 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A careful analysis touching on marriage from the standpoint of Biblical Theology. Comprehensive and useful volume. I have read the second edition (2010), with includes several extra materials.
Jeremy Canipe
Dr. Andreas Kostneberger teaches at Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He is a distinguished scholar of the Bible and Christian theology in application to the family. This book is a terrific one, which seeks to address key topics of marriage, gender, sex, the family, and how, at the end, that impacts how the church should be organized.

In addressing each topic, this book is focused on what the Old Testament and the New Testament teach about each topic. He does a good job of showing the con
I read parts of this book for a paper I’m writing on changing family structures and roles throughout the ages, and frankly what little I did read I found appalling. Though much of the information was useful for my work - in so far as I was better able to ascertain the meaning of family from a Christian perspective (which is what I was going for) - the book’s approach to topics such as homosexuality, gender and relationships outside the scope of marriage comes across as derisory and offensive. Th ...more
Josiah Young
A very thorough introduction to most family issues, providing a relatively consistent depth of biblical assessment and reasoned thought on each issue. While I felt the argument for defining marriage as covenant (vs contract) was poorly argued (though the conclusion is not wrong) and would have appreciated more coverage in the section on divorce and remarriage (though the appendix in this edition is helpful and it is true that this survey is only meant to be introductory), I greatly appreciated t ...more
Brooke E
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Shaun Marksbury
With fourteen chapters, an appendix, and 110 pages of notes and indexes, this book isn't simply another book on family - it's a systematic theology. Even though it's theologically thick, Köstenberger delivers a readable text from which a lay person can easily benefit. He covers controversial topics important both to our current culture as well as pastorally, such as sexuality, roles within marriage, and divorce and remarriage. He also includes content on child-rearing and how home-life reflects ...more
Maegan Spivey
Jun 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the second edition. I think this book is important because it starts from a place assuming that as Christians, the Bible is our ultimate authority no matter how uncomfortable this makes us in how it disagrees with our cultural norms. Even if you disagree with some smaller areas of application, the overarching principles do hold water and in conviction turns us right around to ask God for his will and discernment. All in all - definitely worth reading and necessary for believers to think a ...more
Nicholas Varady-szabo
In light of our current penchant for questioning all things sexuality and family related, Kostenberger sets out to give a thorough examination of the biblical evidence on these topics. His book explores questions surrounding sexuality, gender roles, marriage, divorce, contraception and parenting. He gives fair credit to the variety of opinions on each of these topics, and draws some conclusions as more sure than others in light of the biblical evidence.
Jun 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comprehensive. Solid biblical arguments and coverage of issues related to a theology of marriage, divorce and remarriage, sex, gender, reproduction, parenting, and the relationship between the church and the family in raising children. Good to have as a reference. Gobs of footnotes. I skipped a lot of them.
Bryan Kuranaga
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a foundational book for anyone to read who is looking to establish a theology of marriage and family. I highly recommend this book to those who are looking for something more scholarly to read about marriage. There are some practical items in this book as well, but it is largely academic IMO. All that to say, it was a good read and it's a book I may revisit again in the future.
Jeff Noble
Dry, but helpful. Assesses all viewpoints on tough issues like divorce and remarriage. Can be rigid at times, but is also thoroughly biblical. The chapter on homosexuality is excellent, and I appreciated the tackling of the importance of nurturing, affirming and guiding gender in children.
Andrew Watkins
Jan 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is very detailed and rooted in Scripture. It is a great reference resource as it helps the reader thing critically and biblically through various marriage and family issues, but it is also a bit dry.
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Comprehensive, thorough, and Biblical. A very helpful book for those considering marriage. I particularly found the examination of the paradigmatic text on marriage in Genesis 2:24 very instructive. Also contains a large bibliography with comments, study questions and a list of further reading.
Sean McGowan
Overall this is a very good volume. Very clear and concise.
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.
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dry but great resource.
Mark Evans
Jun 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Good solidly backed reasoning and response for today's world.
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Sep 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
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