God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation / Edition 2

God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation / Edition 2

by Andreas J. Kostenberger, David W. Jones
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God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation / Edition 2

This second edition introduces new sections on the theology of sex and the parenting of teens and a new chapter on marriage, family, and the church, including an evaluation of the "family-integrated church movement." The authors have added summaries of recent debates on corporal punishment, singleness, homosexuality, and divorce and remarriage, and responses to several recent articles and monographs on marriage and the family. The second edition also includes updated bibliographies and notes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781433503641
Publisher: Crossway
Publication date: 05/28/2010
Edition description: Updated
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 511,843
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

List of Charts 10

Foreword to the First Edition 11

Preface to the Second Edition 13

1 The Current Cultural Crisis: Rebuilding the Foundation 15

2 Leaving and Cleaving: Marriage in the Old Testament 21

3 No Longer Two, but One: Marriage in the New Testament 51

4 The Nature of Marriage and the Role of Sex in Marriage: God's Purpose for Making Man Male and Female 69

5 The Ties That Bind: Family in the Old Testament 85

6 The Christian Family: Family in the New Testament 99

7 To Have or Not to Have Children: Special Issues Related to the Family, Part 1 117

8 Requiring the Wisdom of Solomon: Special Issues Related to the Family, Part 2 139

9 Undivided Devotion to the Lord: The Divine Gift of Singleness 167

10 Abandoning Natural Relations: The Biblical Verdict on Homosexuality 199

11 Separating What God Has Joined Together: Divorce and Remarriage 223

12 Faithful Husbands: Qualifications for Church Leadership 239

13 God, Marriage, Family, and the Church: Learning to Be the Family of God 249

14 Uniting All Things in Him: Concluding Synthesis 269

Appendix: The "Exception Clause" and the Pauline Privilege 275

For Further Study: Helpful Resources 289

Notes 312

General Index 378

Scripture Index 383

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God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anne-B More than 1 year ago
This book is different than other Christian books about marriage and family. The premise, as the authors put it is to "seek to determine...what the bible teaches on the various components of human relationships in an integrative manner: the nature of, and special issues related to, marriage and the family, childrearing, singleness, as well as homosexuality and divorce and remarriage." p. 19 All of these issues are important to every Christian. We need to have a solid understanding about what the Bible says about these issues--and what it doesn't say. There are several issues that I was particularly interested in. The first was infertility and contraception. I have been concerned because as Dr. Paul Mc Hugh said in "The Mind has Mountains" that just because we can do something (medically) doesn't mean we should. That statement has come to my mind many times over the past few years as I've considered whether or not something is ethically right for a Christian to consider pursuing. I cannot do the book's discussion of either of these issues justice in a few sentences, so if these are two issues that you have pondered I would encourage you to read this book. The next set of issues that I've seen become issues in the church today are singleness, homosexuality, divorce, and complimentary view of marriage (as opposed to submission). This summer I had to explain to my girls that my parents are divorced and what that means. It came up again when we read Matthew and we read that Joseph had it in his mind to divorce Mary quietly! Divorce is the one area that I had wished the others had talked about more thoroughly, specifically in light of abuse. It is mentioned, but I found myself still left with some questions after I read what the authors had written. I did agree with what they said, but I had hoped for a more in-depth discussion of what abuse is. In the book, only physical abuse was considered abuse worthy of marital separation. Perhaps, the information I desire would be more of a chapter that examines the beliefs of Christian feminists. The preface to the second edition explains the differences between the first and second editions. Specifically, there's a new chapter on marriage, family and the church (family worship), discussions of current debates about homosexuality, singleness, divorce, and remarriage, and more discussion about teens. Often I am faced with the question when I'm buying a book whether I should buy the new updated edition or a less expensive used copy of a book. In the case of this book, I would definitely recommend the updated edition. Truly our marriages and families are under attack. If you haven't examined before what the Bible says about any of the issues I've mentioned above, I'd encourage you to read this book. It is a great resource. One quick warning though--it is more of a reference book and isn't a light hearted easy read. But, I think it's a good book for any family to have on their bookshelf so that they can answer questions that come up--whether from friends or from your own children.
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