Marriage, Family and Relationships: Biblical, Doctrinal and Contemporary Perspectives

Marriage, Family and Relationships: Biblical, Doctrinal and Contemporary Perspectives

By: Philip Johnston (author)Paperback

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Family life has undergone revolutionary changes in Western society in the last sixty years, posing both theological and ethical challenges for the contemporary church. This book responds with wide-ranging essays on sexuality, marriage, family life, singleness, same-sex relationships, violence against women, anthropology, gender and culture. These chapters are essential reading for anyone concerned with Christian teaching on marriage and the family. They balance a clear loyalty to the church's historic and biblical teaching with a recognition that all doctrine is contextualized. There is a growing gap between the ethics of many Christians and those of wider society. So Christians have to be counter-cultural. But the church also has to be self-critical, differentiating between biblical revelation and cultural development. And it must know how to present unchanging Christian convictions to a constantly changing society. The contributors are Andy Angel, Daniel Block, Rosalind Clarke, Barry Danylak, Andrew Goddard, Stephen Holmes, David Instone Brewer, A. T. B. McGowan, Nicholas Moore, Onesimus Ngundu, Oliver O'Donovan, Ian Paul, Andrew Sloane, Katy Smith, Elaine Storkey and Sarah Whittle.

About Author

Philip Johnston is Affiliated Lecturer and Senior Tutor at Hughes Hall, Cambridge. Author of Shades of Sheol, co-editor of Interpreting the Psalms, Interpreting Deuteronomy. Thomas A. Noble is Research Professor of Theology at Nazarene Theological Seminary, Kansas City, and Senior Research Fellow at the Nazarene Theological College, Manchester. Co-editor of the New Dictionary of Theology: Historical and Systematic. Sarah Whittle is lecturer in Biblical Studies at the Nazarene Theological College, Manchester.


Introduction Thomas A. Noble, Sarah K. Whittle and Philip S. Johnston Part 1: Biblical perspectives 1. The patricentric vision of family in the book of Deuteronomy Daniel Block 2. Ordered relationships in Leviticus Katy Smith 3. 'Who is this coming up from the wilderness?' Identity and interpretation in the Song of Songs Rosalind Clarke 4. The sexuality of God incarnate Andy Angel 5. Developing a biblical theology of singleness Barry Danylak 6. 'Let even those who have wives be as though they had none': 1 Corinthians 7:29 and the challenge of the 'apocalyptic' Paul Sarah K. Whittle 7. Are we sexed in heaven? Bodily form, sex identity and the resurrection Ian Paul 8. Deferring to Dad's discipline: family life in Hebrews 12 Nicholas Moore 9. Evidence of non-heterosexual inclinations in first-century Judaism David Instone-Brewer Part 2: Doctrinal and contemporary perspectives 10. Marriage in early, Christian and African perspectives Onesimus Ngundu 11. Human sexuality and Christian anthropology A. T. B. McGowan 12. 'One man and one woman': the Christian doctrine of marriage Oliver O'Donovan 13. Covenant partnerships as a third calling?: A dialogue with Robert Song's Covenant and Calling: Towards A Theology of Same-Sex Relationships Andrew Goddard 14. 'Male and female he created them'? Theological reflections on gender, biology and identity Andrew Sloane 15. Shadows across gender relations Elaine Storkey 16. On not handling snakes: late-modern cultural assumptions about sexuality Stephen Holmes

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  • ISBN13: 9781783595396
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 288
  • ID: 9781783595396
  • ISBN10: 1783595396

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