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And Marries Another [Paperback]

By Keener Craig (Author)
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Pages   256
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.22" Width: 5.53" Height: 0.65"
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 1, 2002
ISBN  094357546X  
EAN  9780943575469  

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Once divorced, forever barred from church leadership---sometimes even from full fellowship. Isn't that what the plain sense of Scripture teaches? No, says Keener. In this compassionate and carefully documented study, he first explores how the early Christians would have understood the statements of Jesus and Paul on divorce and remarriage. Keener then builds a soundly scriptural view of divorce and remarriage---a view that reminds the church that all of its members are forgiven people.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Craig S. Keener is F. M. and Ada Thompson Professor of Biblical Studies at Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky. His many other books include The Gospel of Matthew: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary and The Historical Jesus of the Gospels.

Craig S. Keener was born in 1960.

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Brother Shawn W. Shell  Dec 6, 2006
Keener does a superb job of exegeting the relevant texts for understanding the Bible's teaching on divorce. Keener allows the reader to hear the words of scripture in their original context. Keener in no way condones divorce as a cavalier exercise of Christian liberty, but he challenges us as Christians to rethink some of our cherished theological constructs. For the reviewer who says that Keener downplays scripture in this book does not understand the purpose of the book. Keener can tell you where any verse is located in the New Testament and give you the cultural background to go along with it (I played this game with him). For any pastor or person struggling with what the Bible has to say about divorce, Keener's "...And Marries Another" is for you. The book is well worth the price!
"looking for Sara "pansano"" is also looking for a well needed response!  Oct 4, 2005
Sara's fiticious example of a divorce situation is a sad respresentation of what she claims this book legitimizes, thereby thwarting the author by a clear misunderstanding.

First, what Keener is saying: He is saying that any continuous breach of the marriage covenant becomes a legitimate reason for the offended party to divorce. Keener does not say that they SHOULD divorce, he's just saying that this is now a last resort option if the guilty party is not repentant. Keener backs this up with a very detailed study of the culture at the time of the New Testament, which provides the framework for the gospels to present what Jesus said about marriage and divorce. The original authorial intent for the people of that particular time has been obscured by our own culture, thereby making it seem as though Jesus is saying something that he's not; i.e., no divorce, no remarriage. Opening our ears to the time of the culture is not only a good idea, it's really the only acceptable way to approach the NT text with any true integrity and intellectual honesty. (By the way, Keener correctly points out that Jesus does speak in hyperbole at times...don't believe him? Check out Matthew 5:29-30, immediatly before the divorce texts in Matthew 5 - and start hacking off your body parts if you still think that Jesus doesn't speak in hyperbole).

In Sara's example (which she uses in several other reviews as well) she flips this completely around. Instead of the 'innocent' party initiating the divorce, it's the one who breaches the covenant without legitimate reason who initiates the divorce, even though they 'convince' the innocent person to divorce them. Keener preaches CLEARLY against this in his book. Reading it the way that Sara has read it shows that she lacks basically any understanding of what the book is actually saying, and is too biased to really even give the book a chance. Any reviewer who claims that "so and so absolutely PROVES" any given point of theology is hopelessly misunderstanding the basic nature of theology (e.g. I Cor. 13:12). So Sara may legitimatly say that she disagrees with Keener and is more apt to agree with Diez Macho, but she cannot claim he has 'proven it.'

Her final comment reveals her own fantasy: that the "Let's not fool ourselves, if we want to avoid divorce let's not get married with wrong persons." It seems like Johny in the story DID think that he was marrying the right one gets married so that they CAN divorce.

For another excellent read about the subject with similar conclusions, check out Dr. David Instone-Brewer's book "Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible: the Social and Literary Context." For an excellent read with conclusions similar to Diez Macho (i.e., no divorce, no remarriage), check out Andrew Cornes' book "Divorce and Remarriage: Biblical Principal and Pastoral Practice." Both are available from this
When a very good exegete can damage souls  Sep 7, 2005
I have 3 goods by Craig and he is a great NT teacher, his commenary on Revelation is delightful, but here Craig is clearly wrong: That Jesus clearly said NO to divorce for adultery or for any other reason it's quit clear. A book written by an spanish NT exegete and judaism scholar Diez Macho proved this in a clear way several years ago.
Jesus was and is smart enough to have left gaps in His teaching and that's one of the reasons that Jesus didn't accept divorce, not even in case of adultery. Let me give you a ficticious example.
Johny is a christian and meets Laura who is also a christian. They fell in love and they get married. Time goes by, Johny finds that his wife is not as beautiful as before and knows Joana, and well, he finds her atractive in all the aspects. He decides that he deserves a second chance, and he commits adultery. He tells her wife "Things are not going right, I found someone else, and I have a relationship with this other woman, let's get the divorce, because my plans with Joana are for real. Jesus gives you the right". The wife gives him the divorce. Johny is free, that's what divorce is all about. He marries again (he surely elects a different pastor to perform the new marriage, or maybe not just to prove him that "this time is for real") and yes he can go to church the very next sunday with the new wife, who can be sure about his love, until maybe he finds once again that he was wrong and that the right one was Carla, Jeniffer and go on.
The names are obviously pure fantasy, but the case are so typical. Did Jesus allow divorce for adultery? I don't think so, Jesus doesn't let anybody fool him. Let's not fool ourselves, if we want to avoid divorce let's not get married with wrong persons.
Definitly worth the read....  Apr 27, 2004
Craig Keener has written a well-documented yet easy to comprehend book on a very difficult and controversial issue: Divorce and Remarriage in the church. Although I'm not divorced myself, I have taken great interest in this topic over the past couple years (see my other reviews) as part of my seminary experience, and in seeing close friends who are divorced: this is an ethical topic that I believe every Christian must come to grips with.

The most important thing that I can say in review of this book is that the reader must understand that Keener does not believe in the doctrine of the perspicuity of scripture like say J. Carl Laney. Keener recognizes that scripture was written during the time of a certain culture, and that we need to understand that culture in order to see what scripture is really saying to our context: this is a basic hermeneutical practice that is important to observe as we read scripture. It is true that because of this we must work harder to interpret what's really being said in scripture, and therefore a review like Samuel Chapman's is certainly understandable, but really this is a necessary step in being faithful to the bible.

Keener's basic conclusion is that the bible is decidedly against divorce, but there are exceptions in extreme cases of broken marital vows, and that in these situations the innocent party is certainly free to remarry, and hold offices in the church. This he concludes from extensive study of the relevant scriptures passages and from relevant primary and secondary sources from the first century when the New Testament was written.

For a further and even more extensive look at divorce and remarriage and the issues around it, read Dr. David Instone-Brewer's book 'Divorce and Remarriage: the Social and Literary Context.'

Tony Campolo recommends this book? Uh-oh!  May 12, 2003
The fact that an apostate like Tony Campolo recommends this book is enough for me to stay away from it!

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