It is my plan to review each chapter or two of David Instone-Brewer’s 2003/06 IVP book, Divorce and Remarriage in the Church: Biblical Solutions for Pastoral Realities each Wednesday. I saw an excerpt in a recent Christianity Today magazine which made me interested in digging into his arguments a bit deeper. In order to whet your appetite, here’s a few of his thought in the preface and introduction. Next week we’ll start with chapter 1.
Instone-Brewer reveal shis hand slightly with these two sentences on his first page of text: “My aim in writing this book is to share insights that enabled me to understand the issue of divorce and remarriage through the eyes of the first readers of the New Testament. My hope is that the church will rediscover the biblical principles that divorce should occur only when marriage vows are broken and that only the wronged partner may decide whether this will happen” (p. 7-8).
Being the 1st century Judiasm scholar that he is, he wants us to understand the context of Jesus’ and Paul’s words on divorce. he also thinks that recent discoveries of 1st century documents help us understand what the biblical texts meant to the first readers and thus what they mean for us.