- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Crossway; 2 edition (May 5 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1433503646
- ISBN-13: 978-1433503641
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“In breadth of coverage, thoroughness of learning, clarity of analysis and argument and, I think, soundness of judgment, this solid, lucid, pastorally angled treatise has no peer. Evangelicals who research, debate, teach, and counsel on gender, sex, marriage, and family will find it an endlessly useful resource. The easy mastery with which the author threads his way through forty years’ special pleadings gives this compendium landmark significance, and I recommend it highly.”
―J. I. Packer, Board of Governors' Professor of Theology, Regent College
“The special value of this book lies in its pervasive exposition of Scripture. We are adrift in a sea of speculation without this. I am thankful for the book. I plan to give it to my grown children.”
―John Piper, Founder, desiringGod.org; Chancellor, Bethlehem College & Seminary
“Anything Andreas Köstenberger publishes is worthy of attention. His international education and experience, his teaching career, and his Christian character make him an author to be read with both care and anticipation. You may not agree with all his conclusions, but you’ll be better equipped for living and teaching about God, marriage, and Family. Sensible, balanced, and biblical, this is a sound and timely summary of the Bible’s teaching on some of the most basic and yet controversial topics in today’s world. I highly recommend it.”
―Mark Dever, Senior Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, DC; President, 9Marks
“If you are looking for just another collection of saccharine clichés about shiny happy Christian families, then you might want to leave this volume on the book-store shelf. In an era when too many Christians listen more intently to television therapists than to the Bible on the question of the family, this could be one of the most significant books you ever read.”
―Russell D. Moore, President, The Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission
“The book is wide-ranging and reflects mature judgment in interpreting Scripture and applying it to life. The author does not avoid controversial issues, but in each case he treats the issues fairly with ample explanation of alternative views. This is an excellent book that deserves to be widely used.”
―Wayne Grudem, Research Professor of Theology and Biblical Studies, Phoenix Seminary
“This is a superb book―the work of a gifted exegete whose feet are firmly planted in this world. God, Marriage, and Family addresses the daunting issues facing today’s Christians regarding marriage, divorce, remarriage, sexuality, children, contraception, abortion, singleness, sex roles, and leadership with radical biblical fidelity and practicality. If you want the Bible on these questions, this is the book! What a gift to today’s church!”
―R. Kent Hughes, Professor of Practical Theology, Westminster Theological Seminary
“This volume should be not only on the shelf of every pastor in this land, but also in the syllabus of every course on marriage and the family taught in Christian colleges and seminaries. The author’s careful defense of traditional biblical values relating to family life demands a serious reading, especially by those who do not agree with him.”
―Daniel I. Block, Gunther H. Knoedler Professor of Old Testament, Wheaton College
“The Christian looking for a brief, understandable, straightforward, intelligent, faithful presentation of what the Bible says about marriage, family, divorce, remarriage, homosexuality, abortion, birth control, infertility, adoption, and singleness need look no further.”
―J. Ligon Duncan III, Chancellor, CEO, and John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary
“While many popular treatments of marriage and the family are available, very few have explored with care and precision Scripture’s own teaching on these crucial subjects. Köstenberger does not avoid the hard contemporary issues of gender and sexuality but addresses them with sensitivity combined with keen biblical insight.”
―Bruce A. Ware, T. Rupert and Lucille Coleman Professor of Christian Theology, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“With the current attack on marriage and family now raging at a fevered pitch, Köstenberger’s book is a vital resource that should be in the hands of every evangelical.”
―Tom Elliff, Pastor, First Southern Baptist Church, Del City, Oklahoma
“This volume is a treasure trove of biblical wisdom on matters pertaining to marriage, child-rearing, singleness, and sexuality. As Western society struggles to hold on to its social identity, this study reaffirms God’s will for self-understanding and family ties. Readers seeking the whole counsel of God on these matters will find enormous assistance here.”
―Robert W. Yarbrough, Professor of New Testament, Covenant Theological Seminary
“The book is especially valuable because it is remarkably clear and comprehensible, while at the same time reflecting deep and responsible research. I consistently found the conclusions to be sound and biblically faithful.”
―Thomas R. Schreiner, James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“Characterized by exemplary exegetical analysis, Köstenberger’s book is a refreshing and welcome addition to the current debate on marriage and the family. This outstanding work will help academicians, pastors, counselors, and anyone who genuinely seeks to understand God’s design from a biblical perspective.”
―Mary A. Kassian, Professor of Women's Studies, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary; author, Girls Gone Wise in a World Gone Wild
“There has never been a greater need for a comprehensive, well-researched, and thoroughly biblical examination of the interrelated topics of marriage, family, and sexuality. Although not all will agree with each conclusion, Köstenberger has done the church a great service by providing this readable and eminently useful volume.”
―Gordon P. Hugenberger, Senior Minister, Park Street Church, Boston
“These days it is important for us to remember that God has something to say about marriage and family. With all of the competing voices insisting on new definitions and unbiblical patterns, Köstenberger has provided the Christian community with an invaluable resource. It will be perfect for the college or seminary classroom, for local church educational programs, and for families trying to conform their lives to the Word of God. I heartily recommend it.”
―Randy Stinson, Senior Vice President for Academic Administration and Provost, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
“At a time when our society is attempting to redefine the standards and values of marriage and family, Köstenberger has brought us back to the biblical foundation. He tackles some very difficult and politically sensitive issues in this book.”
―Bob Baker, Pastor of Pastoral Care, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, California
“The unique contribution of God, Marriage, and Family is Köstenberger’s approach: he carefully traces God’s unfolding plan for marriage and family from creation through to the end. The true beauty of marriage and the family shines most brightly when one looks at these topics as they are developed throughout God’s entire story.”
―Richard W. Hove, Campus Crusade for Christ, Duke University
About the Author
Andreas J. Köstenberger (PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) is the senior research professor of New Testament and biblical theology at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. He is a prolific author, distinguished evangelical scholar, and editor of the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society. He is the founder of Biblical Foundations, a ministry devoted to restoring the biblical foundations of the home and the church. Köstenberger and his wife have four children.
David W. Jones serves as professor of Christian ethics, director of the ThM program, and associate dean for graduate program administration at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Jones is also the author of more than a dozen articles that have appeared in various academic publications and a frequent speaker at churches, ministries, and Christian conferences. He currently resides near Raleigh, North Carolina, with his wife and five children.
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Second principal of this book is that it is showing us how to think God’s way. This book honestly discusses the Bible’s teachings on marriage and relationships, divorce, parenting, being single, homosexuality, birth control, abortion and church leadership.
Another principal of the book is that marriages and families are under attack and that we need to be intentional about growing a Biblical foundation because the world and Satan are trying to destroy marriages.
Surprisingly with the size of this book, you would think that there would have been something that did not set right with me. However, there was not anything that I was totally disagreed with in this book or have any questions about. The book was very straightforward and clear. The book was so exegetical of scripture, to argue against it would be arguing against God’s word in many cases.
This book is a great resource for a pastor. The lessons that I learned from this book is that it is a great resource for further studies into a specific area of marriage and family. I will turn back to the book constantly during my life in ministry. My favorite chapter was chapter eight, Requiring the Wisdom of Solomon: Special Issues Related to Family Part Two.
In this chapter, the author gives us 21 questions for a prospective wife or husband. I thought this was very insightful to sit down with your child and ask their potential spouse these questions. Not only are you displaying what should be important when choosing a spouse, you could be uncovering potential problems in the future for their marriage.
The next lesson that I learned from that chapter was marks of manhood on page 154. Here we get insight on what a Biblical Man of God should look like. I believe that this is especially important in today’s culture. Also, the insight that we gain on spiritual warfare on pages 160-63 was great for me to learn for my own life.
This book is a great resource and provides many lists and charts to help with understanding. I specifically appreciate the outline of Proverbs 31 on page 40. I believe that this is very insightful on what we should be looking for in a Godly wife. I also appreciated the outline of Proverbs on training up a child on page 95.
Particular strengths include the comprehensiveness of the book, as well as its integrative nature. Topics like marriage, singleness, gender, manhood, womanhood, child-bearing, dating, and the relation of family to the church are all critically related. Other essentially-related topics are ethical issues like divorce, remarriage, homosexuality, and polygamy. All these issues are considered together and from a biblical-theological standpoint. The authors clearly and concisely explain their reasoning in a way that should be comprehendible and accessible to the average person. If not read as a whole, the book is certainly a helpful resource, with a large section of recommended resources included in the back for further study.
The only weakness I might point out is some wordy introductions and conclusions that make the text read a little dry and almost textbook-like at times.
Overall, this resource is highly recommended, whether you agree with all of the authors' conclusions or not.
Topics addresses are as follows: 1) Biblical theology of marriage; 2) the nature of marriage and the role of sex; 3) Biblical theology of family; 4) whether to have children; 5) methods in child-rearing; 6) the gift of singleness; 7) homosexuality; 8) divorce and remarriage; 9) family-related qualifications for church leadership. The premise, of course, is that "human sexuality and relationships ... [are] to be rooted in the eternal will of the Creator as expressed in the way God made men and women" (269).
I purchased the book initially because someone I know well has been divorced and wondered to me whether the Lord permits remarriage in her case. The chapter on divorce and remarriage helped, and the endnotes and bibliographies showed me where else to look for Christian wrestling with the biblical teaching on this topic. Notes and bibliographies are helpful if not comprehensive on the other topics also.
This second edition is not only a reprint; it is a re-working of much of the material in light of the pertinent literature released between 2004 and 2010. It also addresses a few topics not covered in the first edition, e.g., parenting teenager.
If you're not familiar with Kostenberger, he's a theologically-conservative Austrian-American Southern Baptist whose expertise lies primarily in the areas of hermeneutics and Johannine literature & theology, though his academic interests have occasionally taken him in other directions. He also speaks publicly on issues of family for an organization called Biblical Foundations. His conclusions, as one would expect, are conservative; but he argues for them with aplomb.
Don't ignore this book.