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Jesus and Divorce

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"We believe our conclusions are of vital concern to the individual Christian, the church, and the whole of society. May God give all of us the grace to know his will and live by it."

Divorce and remarriage in the church have been subjects of debate and controversy for centuries, and the issue is of ever-increasing importance today. With conflicting messages coming from different branches of the church, many Christians are confused to what the Bible really teaches.

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Overview

"We believe our conclusions are of vital concern to the individual Christian, the church, and the whole of society. May God give all of us the grace to know his will and live by it."

Divorce and remarriage in the church have been subjects of debate and controversy for centuries, and the issue is of ever-increasing importance today. With conflicting messages coming from different branches of the church, many Christians are confused to what the Bible really teaches.

Written with clarity and careful consideration, Jesus and Divorce provides an important contribution to the ongoing debate on divorce. It offers a positive way forward, as the authors encourage us to apply the Bible's teachings to our lives and the lives of those around us.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781608992409
  • Publisher: Wipf & Stock Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/1/2010
  • Edition description: Updated
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 1,020,888
  • Product dimensions: 7.70 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface for This Edition 10

Preface for First Edition 11

Introduction

The Problem with the Evangelical Consensus 13

The Purpose of This Study 16

Chapter 1 The Early Church View 19

The Value of Consulting the Church Fathers 19

The Statement of the Early Church View 22

The Teaching of the Fathers 23

Hermas 23

Justin Martyr 26

Athenagoras 28

Theophilus of Antioch 30

Irenaeus 31

Clement of Alexandria 31

Origen 34

Tertullian 35

Summary of the Fathers' Testimony 37

An Alternative Interpretation of the Early Church Evidence 39

The Practice of the Early Church 41

Chapter 2 The Early Church View: Modern Exposition 45

Matthew 19: 3-9 and Parallels 46

Matthew 19: 3-9 46

The Situation of the Divorced Wife 47

The Situation of the Husband Who Divorces 48

Dupont's Interpretation of the Exception Clauses 49

Matthew 19: 10-12 53

The Traditional Interpretation 54

The Dupont-Quesnell Interpretation 56

The Young Rich Man Parallel 58

'Only those to whom it has been given' 59

The Function of the Disciples' Speeches 61

The Incongruity of a Call to Celibacy in Matthew 63

'Concerning virgins I have no command of the Lord' 64

Evaluation and Critique of the Dupont-Quesnell Interpretation 65

Matthew 19:9 in the Light of 5:32 69

Chapter 3 The Erasmian Interpretation: Early Exponents 73

The Catholic Understanding of Marriage 73

Erasmus's Approach to the Divorce Texts 75

Erasmus's Exegesis of the Divorce Texts 77

The Synoptic Accounts 77

Romans 7 and 1 Corinthians 7 78

The Results of the Erasmian Exegesis 78

Luther to the Westminster Confession 79

Luther's Exegesis of the Divorce Texts 79

Other Protestant Reformers 81

The Westminster Confession 83

Summary of the Reformers' Exegesis 83

Chapter 4 Modern Defences of The Erasmian View 87

Three Major Variations 87

Contemporary Support for the Erasmian View 88

The Deuteronomy 24:1-4 Dissolution Divorce 89

What the Matthean Exception Clause Qualifies 90

Harmonisation with Mark and Luke 93

1 Corinthians 7.10-11, 15 94

1 Corinthians 7:27-8 96

1 Corinthians 6:15-17 97

Conclusion 98

Chapter 5 A Critique of the Erasmian View: Old Testament Considerations 100

Genesis 1 and 2 100

The Essentials of Marriage 103

Leviticus 18:6-18 105

Deuteronomy 24:1-4 106

Conclusion 110

Chapter 6 A Critique of the Erasmian View: New Testament Considerations 112

The Synoptic Gospels 113

The Syntax of the Protasis of Matthew 19:9 113

Murray's Understanding of Matthew 19:9 116

Harmonisation with Mark and Luke 120

Harmonisation and Historical-Cultural Concerns 123

The Contextual Congruence Problem 126

The Meaning of 'Divorce' in Matthew 19:9 129

The Meaning of 'Immorality' in the Exception Clauses 135

Paul's Teaching in 1 Corinthians Outline of 1 Corinthians 7 137

1 Corinthians 7:10-11 138

1 Corinthians 7:15 140

1 Corinthians 7:27-8 144

1 Corinthians 6:12-20 148

Conclusion 150

Chapter 7 The Unlawful Marriages View 153

Two Major Variations 153

The Rabbinic View 154

The Intermarriage View 154

Support for the Unlawful Marriages View 155

The Prohibition of Porneia in the Jerusalem Decree 155

The Sitz im Leben of Matthew's Exception 157

Extra-biblical Lexical Evidence 159

Roman Incest Laws 159

Critique of the Rabbinic View 161

Incestuous Marriages: Inconsequential or Prohibited? 161

The Meaning of Porneia in the Jerusalem Decree 161

Lexical Support for the Unlawful Marriages View 167

The Hebrew Words Alluded to in the Exception Texts 168

Conclusion 168

Chapter 8 The Betrothal View 169

Statement of the Betrothal View 169

Support for the Betrothal View 171

The Theology of Matthew's Gospel 171

The Use of Porneia in John 8:41 174

Critique of the Betrothal View 176

The Technical Meaning of Porneia 176

Questionable Support from Patristic Texts 177

Conclusion 178

Chapter 9 The Preteritive View 179

Statement of the Preteritive View 179

Support for the Preteritive View 181

The Linguistic Evidence 181

The Reference to 'Unchastity' 183

Matthew's Redactional Activity 185

The Pattern of Jesus' Teaching Ministry 185

Critique of the Preteritive View 188

Chapter 10 The Traditio-Historical View 190

Statement of the Traditio-Historical View 190

Support for the Traditio-Historical View 192

Critique of the Traditio-Historical View 193

Conclusion 196

Chapter 11 Conclusions and Implications 198

Appendix 1 204

Appendix 2 J.D.M. Derrett's 'No Further Relations View' 238

Abbreviations 239

Notes 243

Selected Bibliography 287

Author Index 337

Selected Scripture Index 345

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