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Number of Pages: 99
Publication Date: 1986
Dimensions: 5 1/2 X 8 1/2 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
Series: Jay Adams Library
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If the church is going to use the Bible to decide whether divorce is legitimate in certain cases and whether divorced couples have the right to remarry with the approval and blessing of Gods 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, counselor, church leader, and others who are struggling to understand and apply scriptural principles to the problems of divorce and remarriage.
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 Counselors Manual, and Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible.
Howard Carmicle, Th.D.5 Stars Out Of 5July 15, 2010Howard Carmicle, Th.D.With understanding, insight and a solid research, Adams answers many questions asked about marriage/remarriage. He approaches this subject with compassion, knowledge, and counseling expertise in a candid way. He will help the reader to better understand what the Bible says and to experience both encouragement and hope. It is an excellent and effective tool for pastors and counselors. Likewise, I recommend it to anyone who has gone through divorce as well as those who are remarried.
Scott Dossett3 Stars Out Of 5April 21, 2010Scott DossettBased strongly in scripture, but a number of the interpretations are overstated and - in my opinion - questionable. Supportive of divorce only in cases of unrepentant infidelity (sex outside of the "marriage bed") and in cases of existing "unequally yoked" marriages (between believers and non-believers).A few observations:1. Makes a distinction between adultery and adultery by fornication, implying that adultery is a distinct, yet linked, act. This seems contrived based on what we find in scripture and Adam's position is largely based on extra-biblical resources.2. Overemphasis on church discipline in divorce, implying "proper" church discipline would resolve most problems with divorce. From the experience of one who has worked within a context of strong church discipline, this is a strongly held but not factual statement.3. Rigorous analysis of marriage and proper procedure seems to assume that later, more detailed (and some extra-biblical) marriage ritual and procedure are normative and binding rather than the loosely undefined essential elements of marriage found earlier in scripture (consider Isaac and Rebekah's "marriage" in Genesis 24:67, for example).4. Approaches marriage/divorce/discipline issues from a disproportionately legalistic perspective. Chapter 14, for example, includes a ridiculously intricate scenario for resolving conflict and divorce obligations spanning two churches. One would think that Jesus himself should be held accountable for not acting more responsibly/procedurally in John 4 (The Woman at the Well) and John 8 (The Woman Caught in Adultery).Summary: Worth reading and thought provoking at times, but consider carefully the assertions and build-up of interpretation for yourself. Certainly one of the stronger examples of meticulous scriptural exegesis in this area. Acknowledging that, it still seems to miss the heart of the matter. Short but dense reading.
Joanne Ransom1 Stars Out Of 5March 10, 2009Joanne RansomYou can tell this book was written by a theologian. Too complicated of a read.
Zina Stabenow4 Stars Out Of 5March 7, 2009Zina StabenowI thought this book was very good;speaking to the need I had in finding out what the scriptures had to say on this subject.I feel I am more knowledgeable about this subject. It is a well written book that is not over my head theologically. I recommend it to the lay person as well as pastors and elders.
Kay MonroeTelford, PAAge: 55-65Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5May 5, 2008Kay MonroeTelford, PAAge: 55-65Gender: femaleThe authors desire is to have the book be Biblically based and that is good. There was comment that I felt was Catholic bashing that I felt was unnecessary. Good scriptural references. I do not agree on his statement that separation is not Biblical and he stated that he has never seen it have any redemptive purpose. That may be his experience, however, working in divorce recovery, most people I talk that had biblical divorces and separated for a short time would disagree with the author. All would agree that limbo is NOT a healthy place to stay for an extended time, however, to give the unrepentant spouse a set amount of time (maybe a year,) to repent, is very beneficial. Look at Luke 13: 6-9, the tree is not fruitful for three years, yet even it gets one more year before being cut down, wouldnt it seen that a marriage might be given the same consideration?