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Product Details

  • Series: Jay Adams Library
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan (May 20, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0310511119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0310511113
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,211 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This is the book that many pastors, counselors, and theologians consider to be the most biblical and the most helpful on the issue of marriage and divorce. If the church is going to use the Bible to decide whether divorce is legitimate in certain cases and whether divorced people have the right to remarry with the approval and blessing of God's people, then the Bible must be studied without prejudice toward a particular answer.

The author examines the relevant passages in both the Old and New Testaments so that his readers can consider the many issues and interpretations that arise in trying to establish a consistently biblical position. As a result, readers can see more clearly and accept more firmly the truth of Scripture.

The book succeeds at being exactly what the author wanted it to be: "a comprehensive, lucid, accurate study presented in a readable and practical style." It is a valuable resource for the pastor, the counselor, and the church leader, as well as other individuals who are struggling to understand and apply scriptural principles to the problems of divorce and remarriage.

From the Author

Dr. Jay E. Adams is Director of Advanced Studies and Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Escondido, California. He received his B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, his B.D. from the Reformed Episcopal Theological Seminary, his S.T.M. from Temple University, and his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri. In addition to having served as a pastor and then a Professor of Practical Theology at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia, Dr. Adams has been the Dean of the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation, Laverock, Pennsylvania, since its founding in the early 1970s. He has written over fifty books, translated the New Testament into English (The Christian Counselor’s New Testament), and lectured throughout the world. His books deal with many aspects of pastoral ministry and counseling as well as Bible study and practical Christian living

More About the Author

Jay E. Adams (PhD, University of Missouri) is a former director of advanced studies and professor of practical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, as well as a retired pastor. He has written over fifty books on pastoral ministry, preaching, counseling, Bible study, and Christian living. His books include Competent to Counsel, The Christian Counselor's Manual, and Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible.

Customer Reviews

It is written very clearly and makes a lot of sense.
Alex
The text itself is only about 100 pages in medium print -- a breeze of a read.
Phil
This book should be on the shelf of every pastor and Christian counselor.
Douglas VanderMeulen

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61 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Phil on October 4, 2003
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If you're divorced, know someone who is divorced, or even might think you could someday meet someone who is divorced, and think (as I did) that you already knew this issue, read this book and think again! This is a concise book. The text itself is only about 100 pages in medium print -- a breeze of a read. One of the most outstanding things about this book is that it not only presents the author's viewpoint, but also addresses and dismantles the claims and assertions of most opposing viewpoints. He goes verse by verse, in whole context, and not this "single verse theology" or Scripture hop-scotch that so often flows from the anti-remarriage crowd. He does this with great research from a variety of other authors (all Christians of course), including historical as well as Greek and Hebrew language background information. Tons of footnotes and references are included. There are even some issues he addresses that I didn't see addressed many other places, such as:
* How some divorce people are permitted to get remarried, but aren't allowed to do so in the church sanctuary like first-timers;
* How polygamy is proved to have existed in Paul's time, especially among the Jews and Christian converts, and the effect that has on Biblical interpretation;
* Remarriage of the so-called "guilty" party (and he debunks that term) after a divorce;
* how the church has failed to shepard married couples, and the confusion thereby brought about;
I could go on and on, but you get the idea. The few negative reviews I see are mostly from those who obviously have NOT read the book, as they attribute ideas and concepts that are not actually in the book.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By David R. Bess VINE VOICE on October 29, 2002
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Pastors increasingly are facing questions from parishioners regarding how the Bible itself defines marriage, divorce and remarriage. Offering answers based on church tradition is not sufficient -- persons want to know what God's Word has to say. In this book, Jay Adams provides a very concise summary of the Biblical understanding of marriage, divorce and remarriage.
I commend Adams for his loyalty to the Scriptures in this volume. On the one hand, he departs from the ultra-traditionalists who would say that any remarriage after divorce is sinful. On the other hand, he doesn't join ultra-progressives who would imply that divorce really isn't a major theological issue in today's society. While I do not agree with his interpretation of the Matthew 18 passage as applying to divorce proceedings among two Christians, he offers many other excellent, helpful points.
This small yet substantial book is the best treatment I have found to date on what the Bible itself says on this knotty church issue. Every church leader's bookshelf should have a copy. This volume is well worth the price!
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 7, 1999
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Jay Adams sets the tone quickly by first defining what biblical marraige is so that the divorce and re-marraige issues can be understood against this foundation. I believe he strives to teach the scripture in it's context even though it may be different than what is commonly heard among fundamental, evangelical Christians. I very much recommend this book for close study, as I have gone through it three times and have not exhausted it. Adams gives some case study examples in which he demonstrates how to apply the scriptures in twisted, complex, real life scenarios. While he is clear in maintaining that all divorce is the result of sin, he establishes that all divorce is not necessarily sinful to every party concerned. While many will not agree with all that Mr. Adams writes, most must conclude that his effort and desire is to honor the Lord in the proper and circumspect use of the Bible. This is not a 'divorce is o.k. and easy' sort of book. A helpful volumn that should get wide circulation.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Alex on August 30, 2000
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There are so many views about divorce among Christians. America lacks teachers who are like J. Adams and present the Bible in a clear way. He simply lets the Bible interpret the Bible. I think if most American Christians had a fundamental understanding of marriage, divorce and remarriage according to the Bible, the divorce rate would not be so high among believers. This is a must read for anyone who genuinely cares about understanding what God's principles are about marriage, divorce and remarriage. Reading this book helped me to continue to love my wife and fight for my marriage. I found tremendous encouragement and support in biblical explanations and analysis presented by J. Adams. It is written very clearly and makes a lot of sense. I was disappointed when the pastor I knew said disagreed about some of the views expressed in the book. But the book lays the reasons for what marriage is and how God regulates divorce if it takes place. I highly recommend this book to couples going through separation, divorce or remarriage.
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25 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Vasicek on April 12, 2001
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Adams does a thorough job of harmonizing the various Scriptural passages that deal with marriage, divorce, remarriage, and church discipline. He is clear, scholarly, and does not strain the texts.
His understanding of Scripture leads to the viewpoint that divorce does break marriage, though sin is always at the root of divorce. Remarriage is allowable for desertion or adultery.
As a pastor of 22 years, I have used Adams' book for over 20 of those years and recommended it to others. Since the book is so closely tied to Scripture, and since Adams' interpretative instinct is sharp and objective, I have seen several minister friends won over to Adams' perspective.
More importantly, I have used this work in my counseling ministry repeatedly and keep a supply on hand for loaning purposes. If you want one good book about these issues, make it this one.
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