Divorce and Remarriage in the Church: Biblical Solutions for Pastoral Realities  -     By: David Instone-Brewer
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Divorce and Remarriage in the Church: Biblical Solutions for Pastoral Realities

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Divorce is a pandemic in the churches, so what's a pastor to do? Instone-Brewer believes that a careful examination of first-century evidence shows Jesus and Paul tuaght that divorce should be avoided if at all possible; Jews were allowed to divorce for neglect, abuse or adultery, remarriage was the right of every divorced person.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 210
Vendor: Inter-Varsity Press
Publication Date: 2006
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)
ISBN: 0830833749
ISBN-13: 9780830833740
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Publisher's Description

Will God allow me to divorce my abusive husband? Would it be a sin if I remarried? Divorce and remarriage are major pastoral issues facing every church. Yet when we turn to Scripture for guidance, we often hear conflicting messages about its teachings. David Instone-Brewer shows how, when properly understood, the New Testament provides faithful, realistic and wise guidance of crucial importance and practical help for the church today.

Author Bio

The Rev. Dr. David Instone-Brewer is a research fellow at Tyndale House, a research library in biblical studies located in Cambridge, England. He previously served as a Baptist minister. He is now engaged in a five-year project to identify and explain rabbinic traditions before A.D. 70. Previous publications include (Mohr, 1992), (Eerdmans, 2002), (Paternoster, 2003) and (Eerdmans, 2004). In his free time, he enjoys writing computer programs.

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"The next time I teach or counsel on divorce and remarriage I'm heading straight for this book. Not only does it make the biblical texts clear, it makes it clear how to teach them."
"David Instone-Brewer knows the Scriptures, and the textual and cultural background to the Scriptures, as well as any biblical scholar in the world today. He combines this scholarship with a pastor's heart for people and a commitment to the church. Out of this powerful mix he has written an authoritative--perhaps the authoritative--treatment of divorce and remarriage in church life today. The crisp, breezy, accessible style of this book is a great strength. It is clearly written by a pastor for regular people. But underneath this accessibility is rock-solid scholarship. I think that Divorce and Remarriage in the Church will become an indispensable resource for both scholars and pastors in years to come, and has the promise of reforming church practices in thousands of congregations. I offer this book my highest endorsement."
"With fresh insights from ancient sources, Dr. David Instone-Brewer takes a deep yet engaging look at this timely topic. He writes with a scholar's mind and a pastor's heart. Clergy, counselors and church councils should read this book and then thoughtfully reflect upon his conclusions regarding a biblical perspective on divorce and remarriage. People who are thinking about marriage, divorce and remarriage should also read this book as it offers both hope and challenge."
"This is definitely the best and most compelling work I have read on the controversial subject of divorce and remarriage. Dr. Instone-Brewer marshals evidence from rabbinic literature, the Dead Sea Scrolls and other ancient texts to demonstrate the conclusion that the Bible permits (not 'commands' but 'permits') divorce on the grounds of adultery (or sexual immorality of any kind), neglect or abuse. Neglect includes desertion and the failure to provide food, clothing and conjugal love. The author is also very practical and helpful as he deals with specific real-life cases. I highly recommend this work."
"Based on scholarly research, this book offers pastors, counselors and laypersons a coherent biblical understanding of divorce and remarriage. A valuable aspect of the book is that it can be read at several levels--discerning readers will appreciate the wealth of evidence that allows them to reach their own conclusions, while those interested in 'the bottom line' will find the author's summary principles on divorce and remarriage most helpful. A summary chapter gives helpful suggestions and questions especially useful for small group discussions. I look forward to using this most excellent book in my D.Min. family ministry class."
"David Instone-Brewer is one of today's foremost scholars on first-century Judaism and its bearing on the New Testament. In this book he blends his academic expertise with pastoral concern; he sorts through most of the toughest issues with both intellectual rigor and Christian compassion. His persuasive work on this subject has already had far-reaching influence."

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  1. raincitymom
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    good theology
    November 7, 2013
    raincitymom
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    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
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    As a Christian therapist and also having a close family member going through a divorce, I felt the need to have better theology around divorce. I wanted to a book to have good biblical scholarship and compassion, navigate the issues well, and be challenging yet compassionate. There seems to be two camps in regards to divorce - either divorce is never okay for any reason and of course not remarriage, or divorce is okay with God in any circumstances. This book navigates those waters with compassion, using biblical truths and cultural history, and even makes some great suggestions about having a forgiveness/repentance ceremony before any subsequent marriage. This book was extremely helpful in explaining the cultural implications about divorce in the time of Jesus and being very careful with how the scriptures are handled. I was very impressed, and this book has informed my theology on divorce more than anything else. He also has a website where he answers questions as well, and he answered some questions I still had about the book personally. I was very happy with this book.
  2. Larry D. Elliott
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    August 5, 2008
    Larry D. Elliott
    Very informative and scholarly. Not for light reading but provides a balanced historical view of the thinking of the Jewish priests on this issue as well as the implications for this difficult contemporary dilemma.
  3. Wayne
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    4 Stars Out Of 5
    June 25, 2008
    Wayne
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    I was skeptical this book was someone twisting the Scriptures to fit someones hair brain idea. It was far from this. It is such a wonderful breath of fresh air explaining the Scriptures with fantastic clarity and answers some very contentious issues extremely well. I highly recommend this to all church leaders and those suffering through divorce. I have an even deeper love for our loving Father after reading this book.
  4. sal barbera
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    October 17, 2007
    sal barbera
    This book is a must for any pastor, counselor, lay person or any one aspiring to be an effective witness for Jesus in a world of moral confusion. Dr. Brewer writes with tenderness, compassion and academic excellence. His thoughts are penned with thoughtfulness and great biblical knowledge. It was a pleasure to read hermeneutic excellence. Reading this book once is not enough. It has to be studied with attention because the author offers, not only provocative thinking but great cultural and rabbinical insight into first century Christianity. Many biblical references are given to make the reader aware how important it is to consider the topic as a whole throughout scripture. Much of what is in this book one rarely hears from the pulpit because, frankly speaking, many pastors today lack the academic training. This is not easy reading. However, as already stated, it is a must for serious students of the Bible. Great reading.
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