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

Divorce and Remarriage in the Church

Biblical Solutions for Pastoral Realities

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Gives clear guidance about biblical grounds for divorce and remarriage which are both practical and fair in today's imperfect world. To many people, the Bible appears to have nothing sensible or relevant to say about divorce and remarriage. Its teaching often seems harsh and in saying that the only ground for divorce is adultery, it appears to condemn the victims of marital abuse to a lifetime sentence with their partner. New research into the background literature of the Bible, the ancient Near East and ancient Judaism shows that the original hearers of these teachings would have understood them very differently. It has revealed that: * Jesus and Paul rejected no-fault divorces and emphasised that divorce should be avoided if at all possible. * 1st century Jewish men and women could get divorced for neglect or abuse as well as for adultery. Jesus did not reject these grounds and Paul specifically affirmed them. * In the 1st century, remarriage was the right of every divorcee and neither Jesus nor Paul taught otherwise. 288 pages, from Paternoster.

Preface
Introduction: What's new?
Confessions of a Confused Minister: Jesus never said: "What God has joined, no man can separate"p. 1
A Marriage Made in Paradise: Moses' certificate of divorcep. 12
God the Reluctant Divorcee: God's marriage contract and the grounds for his divorce from Israelp. 22
The Church Can't Do Without It: Jesus criticised those who abandoned Old Testament lawp. 34
Divorce on Demand?: Jesus taught us to forgive the repentant partnerp. 43
When Your Partner Walks Out: Christians shouldn't cause divorce but sometimes they have to accept itp. 60
Till Death Us Do Part?: Is a divorcee still married in God's eyes?p. 71
Four Biblical Grounds for Divorce: Including abuse and neglectp. 82
Can I Get Married Again?: A valid divorce implies the right to remarryp. 96
Is Remarriage Adultery?: Don't re-divorce, because 'two wrongs don't make a right'p. 107
Promises, Promises: Marriage vows and remarriage in churchp. 116
The Teaching which Time Forgot: Why did the church misunderstand Jesus so soon?p. 130
Conspiracy?: Why has no-one explained all this before?p. 140
What Should the Church Do Now?: Biblical principles in practicep. 151
Dear Pastor ... : Real-life problems from my mailboxp. 163
Study Group Briefing Notes and Discussion Questionsp. 181
Notesp. 199
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ISBN: 9781842271803
ISBN-10: 1842271806
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 1st January 2003
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.7 x 13.8  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.25