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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.
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 Counselors 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
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The book "Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible" here though doesn't really deal with the more serious issues, such as where abuse (emotional and physical) or cases where PTSD or nervous breakdowns have occurred from the actions of your spouse come into play. Human beings are capable of doing unbelievable things to one another. While we are called to forgive and love each other, sometimes it's necessary to remove yourself from an abusive or otherwise extremely bad situation.
For more serious issues, I would recommend the book: "Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible: The Social and Literary Context" by David Instone-Brewer. Even if you do read and apply the book "Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible", I would still recommend reading these two other books I've recommended here as they've helped me tremendously.
As for "Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible", it's a decent book that goes over concepts that as Christians we should already be familiar with--sometimes we need reminders like this and in this case it's good to read this book. Like I said, if you're in a typical, unhappy marriage, it'll probably be helpful to you.
There are problems today with some in the church that while they accept divorce, will not marry those who have been divorced. And such is my case where my first marriage of 5 years ended in divorce (I was left with 2 pre-school age children and was a single parent for 6 years) but my second marriage lasted over 35 years.
I now wish to remarry but the one I proposed to had a problem with her church minister who would refuse to marry someone that has been divorced regardless of the reason. She read the book and is convinced that re-marriage is permissible especially for the innocent party.
In our church, if there is a woman with children whose husband left her, we would tell her to go and sin no more and then find her a husband to care for her and her children. Howbeit there are those who would condemn a divorced person and tell them their needs cannot be met, either for themselves or for their children.
And then... even fewer know how, as individuals, we should Scripturally approach separation, divorce, remarriage, etc...
Possibly worse yet, the church and its leadership know little or nothing about Biblical answers to the problems we are facing... and if they do know... they are eerily SILENT?!?
Jay E. Adams has written a book that should be read by EVERY Christian contemplating marriage... and every married person. But it is a MUST READ for every church leader who faces Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in their congregation on a regular basis.
Without BIBLICAL answers... we are doomed to continue in this downward spiral of divorce, ignorance, and sin. This book provides ANSWERS and SOLUTIONS!
Christian values, all balanced with the grace and love of a biblical counselor with a pastor's heart.
Pastor Larry Nelson