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Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible Paperback – May 20, 1986
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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.
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* 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.Read more ›
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!
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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Great book with Biblical support about marriage, divorce and remarriage. A definite read if you (a true christian) find yourself in a rocky marriage, been cheated on or got... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lincoln C. Brousseau
I felt that the book was biased and there was not enought information about all sides of marriagePublished 2 months ago by Ken Earnest
Spiritual, theological anti-traditional - this is what we need today!Published 4 months ago by Stanislaw Malina
An important resource for nouthetic counsellors as well as for individuals in a relationship breakdown who desire to be in right standing with Scripture.Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
This has been and will continue to be an important book on this topic for the Christian church. It cuts through the knee jerk tendencies people have when dealing with divorce,... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Benjamin W Young