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Jesus and Divorce [Paperback]

By Gordon Wenham (Author) & William Heth (Author)
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The classic defence of the view that the New Testament permits separation in some cases but never remarriage.

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Studio: Paternoster
Pages   260
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.02" Width: 5.14" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.53 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Dec 31, 2002
Publisher   AUTHENTIC UK
ISBN  1842271318  
ISBN13  9781842271315  

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Gordon Wenham (PhD, University of London) is an adjunct professor at Trinity College, Bristol. He previously studied theology at the universities of Cambridge, London, and Harvard, and taught Old Testament at Belfast and Gloucestershire Universities. He has also authored a number of critically acclaimed Bible commentaries and books. Gordon and his wife, Lynne, have four children.

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redundant belabored point  May 14, 2007
Too many pages repeating the same disdain for John Murray's exception clause opinion. The authors need a basic English major to write for them, due to their heavy "scholarly" style. Their early church fathers chapter is quite limited in scope, and does not appear honest.
indispenable reference with so much confusion today  Nov 2, 2006
David Engelsma, author of another book on marriage, writes, "In a scholarly work that ought to have had the effect of a bombshell on the playground of American evangelicalism, William A. Heth and Gordon J. Wenham showed that Jesus and the apostles teach marriage as an unbreakable bond for life."

Today there are nearly an innumerable number of books on the subject of divorce and remarriage. The church today has largely gone with a view penned by Erasmus at the time of the Renaissance, which allows for divorce and remarriage after adultery.

In this book, Wenham and Heth do a great service for the church. They argue forcefully for a view of marriage that is permanent, which thus prohibits remarriage after divorce, so long as the former spouse is living.

Wenham and Heth first survey the views of the church fathers, showing how different the view of the early church (no remarriage) was compared to the modern more permissive stance. They then give a very fair representation to the "Erasmian" view but proceed to show its flaws, clearly and systematically. They spend a great deal of time (several chapters) dissecting exactly what Matthew's exception clause, "except for sexual immorality" really means. They do so in a fair and evenhanded fashion.

The book is very technical at places, but the authors do a good job at trying to make it accessible for ordinary readers. After studying at Cambridge University, Wenham did his PhD on the book of Deuteronomy. He has written a number of fine scholarly books on the Old Testament. He also was a translator of the English Standard Version. Thus, he is an able guide to take the reader through the relevant biblical passages on this subject.

Don't be fooled by the modern views that allow for remarriage. This book will clearly show you why those views compromise the bible and Jesus' teachings.
a book that needs to be seriously considered  Jul 29, 2003
The authors review the history of the exegesis of the New Testament divorce texts, critique contemporary exegesis, and present their own. Quite comprehensive AND uncompromising (it is not uncommon these days for authors on a subject like this to bend the truth - sometimes unconsciously - in the name of compassion and have the effect - if not the intention - of enabling people to fulfill their sinful desires with a cleaner conscience; these authors are not guilty of this).
Cultural background is very fashionable these days. Yes, it does provide important insights, but it is not as determinative as some are inclined to think! Two things to keep in mind in this regard: 1) 2 Timothy 3:16 states that Scripture was inspired by God, not by the cultural enviroment; 2) It is impossible for any contemporary mortal to know for sure how something would have been understood 2,000 years ago (even with all the ancient literature and inscriptions that we have). This book is by serious scholars doing serious analysis (who do consider cultural background).
better than Lacey but not a lot  Jun 18, 2003
They teach that divorce is possible, but not remarriage. This was NOT the way 1st century Jews and Gentiles would understand the relevant verses. For that, see David Instone-Brewer's "Divorce and Remarriage: The Social and Literary Context" which gives a comprehensive teaching in this sensitive area.

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