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Marriage as a Covenant: Biblical Law and Ethics as Developed from Malachi (Biblical Studies Library) Paperback – January 1, 1994

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"A very substantial study, which deserves careful attention both from students of biblical theology and from social historians of ancient Israel." --John J. Collins Journal of Bibical Literature

About the Author

Gordon P. Hugenberger (Ph.D., C.N.A.A., College of St. Paul and St. Mary/The Oxford Centre for Post-Graduate Hebrew Study) is senior minister of Park Street Church, Boston. He also teaches Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

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  • Series: Biblical Studies Library
  • Paperback: 436 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Academic; 1st pbk. ed edition (December 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801021928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801021923
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,414,878 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 25, 2000
Format: Paperback
Hugenberger's mastery of all scholarship on the issue of marriage in the Bible and in the ancient near east is extremely impressive. Every argument in the book is well thought out and proven; every counter point that may be raised is present. This book is invaluable for a scholar wishing to deal with the particular issues of Biblical marriage as well as the broader topic of biblical law and theology. However, the book is a little difficult to read and I personally would not recommend it for the casual reader. Its density is however, a substantial benefit for the researcher.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By David A. Baer VINE VOICE on April 17, 2006
Format: Paperback
As an example of classical biblical scholarship on a topic of ongoing concern for pastoral care, there is no better exemplar than this revised 1994 PhD dissertation, helpfully reprinted in affordable paperback in 1998. The author serves as the senior minister of Boston's Park Street Church and as Ranked Adjunct Professor of Old Testament at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.

Indeed, the genre of the doctoral dissertation well serves the author's mastery of the linguistic, cultural, and inner-biblical angles of the craft that one necessarily brings to so difficult a text as the Hebrew book of Malachi and so politically contentious a topic as marriage in its ancient and modern forms.

In a conventional literary survey and presentation of the problem ('Introduction', pp. 1-12), Hugenberger alerts his reader to confusion regarding the relationship-if any-between biblical concepts of covenant and the 'canonical' presentation of the prophet Malachi regarding marriage. He will take critical verses that refer or allude to marriage in the book of Malachi as a 'point of departure for a much needed reassessment of the possible covenantal nature of marriage within the Old Testament'. It is essential to grasp the author's view of covenant from this early moment: 'a covenant, in its normal sense, is an elected, as opposed to natural, relationship.'

The first of eight full chapters (Chapter one, 'The Interpretative Context of Malachi 2:10-16', pp. 13-26) surveys the problem of dating this explicitly undated book. Hugenberger considers it likely that a date in the same general period of the Ezra-Nehemiah labors for the reestablishment of a Jewish commonwealth is likely.
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By jedi008 on October 25, 2014
Format: Paperback
Wow! I bought this at our seminary book store as I have taken a class by Dr. Hugenberger and this topic piqued my interest. I am not disappointed! I would have not thought of Malachi as a book to look for marriage themes, but Dr. Hugenberger slams this one home!!!

He spends a considerable amount of time carefully documenting all his sources and he handles the Hebrew so that a novice can follow along without being burdened by the lack of language skills. I found this book to be scholarly sound and yet approachable by a non-academic.

The only time I heard Malachi preached in church was during stewardship month. This puts a whole new perspective on an over-looked book that was written by a minor prophet.

As a side note, this book was re-published in order to be used for a class being taught at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and might not being in print for long. That is the reason for the high price, but this book is well worth it. I would recommend to buy it before it is our of print again.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Cassel on July 24, 2010
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This book (a doctoral dissertation) corrects many errors of scholastic theory at the time of its publishing. It is an excellent and thorough summary of the topic at the time of this purchase.
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