Sex, Marriage, and Family in World Religions / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $11.94
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 88%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (7) from $11.94   
  • New (3) from $52.21   
  • Used (4) from $11.94   


Spanning thousands of years, this new collection brings together writings and teachings about sex, marriage, and family from the Jewish, Christian, Islamic, Hindu, Buddhist, and Confucian traditions. The volume includes traditional texts as well as contemporary materials showing how the religions have responded to the changing conditions and mores of modern life. It reveals the similarities and differences among the various religions and the development of ideas and teachings within each tradition. Selections shed light on each religion's views on a range of subjects, including sexuality and sexual pleasure, the meaning and purpose of marriage, the role of betrothal, the status of women, the place of romance, grounds for divorce, celibacy, and sexual deviance.

Separate chapters devoted to each religion include introductions by leading scholars that contextualize the readings. The selections are drawn from a variety of genres including ritual, legal, theological, poetic, and mythic texts. The volume contains such diverse examples as the Zohar on conjugal manners, a contemporary Episcopalian liturgy for same-sex unions, Qur'anic passages on the equality of the sexes, the Ka-masu-tra on husbands, wives, and lovers, Buddhist writings on celibacy, and Confucian teachings on filial piety.

Contributors include: Michael S. Berger, Emory University; Azizah Y. al-Hibri, Richmond School of Law; Alan Cole, Lewis and Clark College; Paul B. Courtright, Emory University; Patricia Buckley Ebrey, University of Washington; Raja M. El-Habti, Muslim Women Lawyers for Human Rights; Luke Timothy Johnson, Emory University; Mark D. Jordan, Emory University

Columbia University Press

Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

Religious Studies Review
An excellent resource for scholars and teachers.

— Dana Fritz Cates

Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative & Emergent Religions

Impressive... [and] well-edited.

Theology Today
A valuable resource for furthering critical debate.

— Karen-Marie Yust

Nova Religio: The Journal of Alternative & Emergent Religions
Impressive... [and] well-edited.
Christian Century

[an] essential book on marriage

Religious Studies Review - Dana Fritz Cates

An excellent resource for scholars and teachers.

Theology Today - Karen-Marie Yust

A valuable resource for furthering critical debate.

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231131162
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 1/25/2006
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Don S. Browning is the Alexander Campbell Professor Emeritus of Religious Ethics and the Social Sciences at the University of Chicago. He is the author or editor of more than forty books, including Marriage and Modernization: How Globalization Threatens Marriage and What to Do About It.M. Christian Green is senior fellow and senior lecturer in the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University and author of a forthcoming title on fatherhood in the Western tradition.John Witte Jr. is the Jonas Robitscher Professor of Law, Alonzo L. McDonald Distinguished Professor, and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Religion at Emory University. He has published twenty-four books, including The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature.

Columbia University Press

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents


1. Judaism, by Michael S. BergerIntroductionThe Hebrew BibleThe Elephantine Marriage ContractHellenistic Jewish Philosophy in the Wisdom of Ben Sirach (Ecclesiasticus)The Damascus Document of the Dead Sea ScrollsJosephus on Marriage LawMishnah on Procreation, Marriage, and DivorceThe Babylonian TalmudAggadic Midrash on Marriage and FamilyThe Babylonian Talmud on Marital SexThe Babylonian Ordinance from the Academy on DivorceThe Ordinances of Rabbi Gershom (The Light of the Exile)Medieval Marriage Contracts from the Cairo GenizaLove Poetry from the Golden Age of SpainThe Order of the GetMaimonides on SexJewish Mysticism on Marriage and SexThe Book of the Pious of Medieval GermanyThe Epistle on Holiness ("Iggeret Ha-qodesh")Exchange Between Napoleon and the Jewish "Sanhedrin" on Issues of MarriageContemporary Developments in Jewish Marriage ContractsReform Opinion on Patrilineal and Matrilineal Descent

2. Christianity, by Luke Timothy Johnson and Mark D. JordanIntroductionCreation and the Fall in the Book of GenesisThe Greco-Roman ContextHellenistic Jewish Moral InstructionGospels of Matthew and LukePaul's Letters to the Corinthians and EphesiansApocryphal Christian TextsAugustine of HippoJohn ChrysostomPeter LombardThe Fourth Lateran CouncilThomas AquinasMechthild of MagdeburgMartin LutherAnglican Book of Common Prayer (1549) John CalvinThe Council of TrentGeorge FoxA Contemporary Critique of Sexual EthicsA Womanist Critique of Family TheologyA Contemporary Liturgy for Same-Sex Unions

3. Islam, by Azizah al-Hibri and Raja' M. El HabtiIntroductionCreation and the Identity of Origin of Women and MenThe Fall from the Garden and Gender EqualityThe Marriage ContractConsent to MarriageMahr: The Obligatory Marital GiftMarital RelationsPolygamyMarital ConflictDivorceSexual EthicsRights Within the Family

4. Hinduism, by Paul B. CourtrightIntroductionRig Veda 10.85: The Marriage HymnThe Grhya-Sutras: The Wedding CeremonyLaws of ManuThe Kamasutra Divine Marriage: Sivaiva and ParvatiThe Karma of Marriage: The King's Wife, the Brahmin's Wife, and the OgreA Contemporary Hindu Marriage Ceremony"Counting the Flowers," a Short Story by Chudamani Raghavan, Translated from the Tamil by the Author

5. Buddhism, Alan ColeIntroductionThe Beginning of the WorldThe Joys of AscetismMarried Life Versus Life of the AsceticSongs by Buddhist WomenThe Conversion of the Nun, PatacaraThe Buddha Accepts His Aunt, Gotami, as a NunThe Buddha's Renunciation of His FamilyConfusion Over the Buddha as a Fertility GodBuddhism as a Threat to the Indian FamilyThe Buddha’s Advice for LaityAn Early Buddha LineageEast Asian Buddhism: An OverviewThe Sutra on the Filial Son The Ghost Festival Sutra The Sutra on the Profound Kindness of Parents The Blood Bowl Sutra

6. Confucianism, Patricia Buckley EbreyIntroductionThe Book of Poetry (Shi jing) The Analects (Lunyu) of ConfuciusMencius on Filial PietyHistorical Incidents from the Zuo zhuan Record of Ritual The Record of Ritual of the Elder Dai The Classic of Filial Piety Lives of Model WomenAdmonitions for WomenFilial SonsMr. Yan's Family Instructions The Classic of Filial Piety for Women Yuan Cai on ConcubinesZhu Xi on Family and MarriageSexual Offenses in the Code of the Qing DynastyAdvice to Local Officials on Handling Sexual OffensesQing Legal Cases Concerning Sexual OffensesChen Duxiu on the Way of Confucius and Modern LifeFeng Youlan on the Philosophy at the Basis of Traditional Chinese Society


Columbia University Press

Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)