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Jesus, Divorce, and Remarriage: In Their Historical Setting

ISBN: 9781683593294
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What did Jesus really say about divorce and remarriage?

Challenging the evangelical near-consensus that Jesus permitted divorce and remarriage in certain circumstances, Gordon Wenham argues that while Jesus permitted separation in cases of sexual immorality, he did not permit divorce and remarriage.

Presenting a revisitation and expansion of several decades of thought and debate on the topic, Wenham builds his case from a close reading of Jesus' teaching in the Gospels, showing how his teaching pushed against the culture of his day. In addition, Wenham brings in insights from ancient Near Eastern marriage laws, the Old Testament, the writings of Paul, and the earliest Christian interpreters of the Gospel divorce texts.

Readers will be challenged by a careful biblical argument that provides a counterpoint to the majority view. No study on divorce and remarriage will be complete without considering Jesus, Divorce, and Remarriage.

Praise for Jesus, Divorce, and Remarriage

This book should be essential reading for any Christian concerned about divorce. Although hard to swallow today, Gordon Wenham bases his message, “Jesus did not allow remarriage after divorce,” upon years of study of ancient marriage practices and careful exegesis of the Gospel passages. He shows it was also the early church’s view. As in his earlier works, he is aware of the pastoral implications, but, as an experienced biblical scholar, concentrates upon the meaning of Scripture.

–Alan Millard, Rankin Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Ancient Semitic Languages, University of Liverpool


  • Introduction
  • The World of the Bible
  • Marriage and Divorce in the Old Testament
  • Later Jewish Attitudes to Divorce
  • Matthew 1 on Divorce
  • Matthew 5:31–32 on Divorce
  • Jesus versus the Pharisees in Matthew 19
  • Divorce in the Other Gospels
  • Paul on Jesus and Divorce
  • The Oldest Interpreters of the Gospel Divorce Texts

Product Details

  • Title: Jesus, Divorce, and Remarriage: In Their Historical Setting
  • Author: Gordon J. Wenham
  • Publisher: Lexham Press
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Page Count: 128
  • Format: Logos Digital, Paperback
  • Trim Size: 5x8
  • ISBN: 9781683593287
Gordon J. Wenham

Gordon J. Wenham (1943–) is recognized as an expert on the Pentateuch. He studied theology at Cambridge University and went on to do Old Testament research at King’s College, London. He also spent time at Harvard University and in Jerusalem at the Ecole Biblique and the Hebrew University. Along with currently teaching Old Testament at Trinity College, Wenham leads Trinity’s pilgrimages and study tours to the Holy Land. He has held teaching positions and served as visiting lecturer at several institutions around the world.

From 1995 to 2005, Wenham was Professor of Old Testament at the University of Gloucestershire, where he now holds the title Professor Emeritis. Wenham also taught Old Testament at Queen’s University in Belfast.

Some of Wenham’s publications include the volume on Genesis in Word Biblical Commentary, the Numbers volume in the Tyndale Commentariesthe Pentatech volume of Exploring the Old Testament, and the volume on Leviticus in The New International Commentary on the Old and New Testament.

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