DIVORCE & REMARRIAGE - SELECT BIBLIOGRAPHY

There is an enormous amount of literature on this area.

Probably the best overall guide to the debate (especially in relation to Scripture and the different evangelical views) is Wenham, Heth and Keener below.

Good evangelical accounts opposed to remarriage are found in the work of Cornes and of Wenham & Heth

Good evangelical accounts permitting remarriage are found in Atkinson and in Instone-Brewer.


 

Adams, J.E. 1986. Marriage, Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible: A Fresh Look at What Scripture Teaches. Zondervan Publishing House. 
Reformed writer arguing for rightness of divorce and remarriage in certain cases against the "no divorce and no remarriage" trend in some conservative circles in the US.


Atkinson, David. 1979. To Have And To Hold. The Marriage Covenant And The Discipline Of Divorce. Collins. 
Standard Anglican evangelical account of marriage as covenant and defence of divorce and remarriage as sometimes legitimate. For a more conservative response in a review article and a reply from Atkinson see Gordon Wenham – 'May divorced Christians Remarry?' in Churchman 1981-2 – whose views are more fully in Heth & Wenham below. 

 

Buckley, Timothy J. 2002. What Binds Marriage: Roman Catholic Theology in Practice. revised and expanded ed. Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd.
Based on research for the Roman Catholic Bishops of England and Wales. 


Cornes, Andrew. 1998. Questions About Divorce and Remarriage. Monarch Books.  
More popular and accessible account of "indissolubilist" view most fully defended by Cornes in his larger book.


———. 2002. Divorce and Remarriage: Biblical Principle and Pastoral Practice. Christian Focus Publications Ltd.
Large but well-worth-reading volume defending the "one flesh and indissoluble bond" view but with much wider treatment of Scriptural teaching on marriage and singleness and also much pastoral guidance.


Forster, Greg. 1995. Healing Love's Wounds. Zondervan.
Readable and accessible volume by Grove Ethics editor based in parish ministry and examining Scripture, tradition and contemporary reality reaching more "open" conclusions than others.

    

Instone-Brewer, David. 2001. Divorce and Remarriage: In the 1st and 21st Century. Grove Books Ltd.
Helpful and original recent Grove Biblical study by Tyndale House New Testament scholar arguing for more "open" view than many evangelicals traditionally have held and summarising for church leaders the work in his other books.   


———. 2002. Divorce and Remarriage in the Bible: The Social and Literary Context. William B Eerdmans Publishing Co.  
A detailed scholarly study of the texts in light of Jewish tradition and 1st century practice and including survey of later Christian writers and thinking.


———. 2003. Divorce and Remarriage in the Church: Biblical Solutions for Pastoral Realities. Paternoster Press.
Accessible popularization of more serious academic work relating it to concerete practical questions.

David Instone-Brewer has much of the material in these three works available on his website devoted to the subject.

Keener, Craig S. 1991. And Marries Another: Divorce and Remarriage in the Teaching of the New Testament. Hendrickson Publishers Inc.
Reading of NT on divorce set in context of ancient world by a US evangelical scholar who rejects the "indissoluble" interpretation of Jesus and Paul. There is a summary of his views in a 1992 article debating with Heth in Christianity Today.

 

Kelly, Kevin T. 1997. Divorce & Second Marriage: Facing the Challenge. New and Expanded Ed. Sheed & Ward,U.S. 
Discussion of subject of indissolubility from pastoral perspective by Roman Catholic priest and ethicist.
 

Lawler, Michael G. 2002. Marriage and the Catholic Church: Disputed Questions. Liturgical Press,U.S.
Series of studies covering various issues (sacrament, bond, divorce, cohabitation) drawing on historical and contemporary resources.

 

Meyendorff, John. 1984. Marriage: An Orthodox Perspective. 2nd ed. St Vladimir's Seminary Press,U.S.
Helpful outline of Eastern Orthodox approaches to questions of marriage and divorce.


O'Donovan, Oliver. 1978. Marriage and Permanence. Grove Books Ltd.  
One of the classic Grove booklets – study of what meant by "permanence" and ethical critique of absolute indissolubility conception of marriage.
 

 

Ortlund, Ray. 1996. Whoredom: God's Unfaithful Wife in Biblical Theology. Apollos.
Detailed biblical study of the language of "whoredom" especially in OT and God as faithful husband with Israel as unfaithful wife; important insights for marriage and divorce. 

 

Various. 1975. Articles on marriage and divorce. Theology 78, no. 659 (May).
This edition of the journal produces 3 important articles on the meaning and permanence of the marriage bond as well as reprinting Dunstan's sermon on the marriage covenant. 

 

Warren, Robert. 1992. Divorce and Re-Marriage: Policy Options and Pastoral Guidelines for Church Leaders. Grove Books Ltd.
A survey of different approaches and their practical outworkings in relation to pastoral care and church remarriage policy

Wenham, and Heth. 2002. Jesus and Divorce. Paternoster Press.  
Classic and thorough evangelical defence of "indissolubilist" point of view from Scripture and tradition. Recently Heth has shifted his position to allow some divorce and remarriage but Wenham maintains the view in this book.


Wenham, Gordon J., William A. Heth, and Craig S. Keener. 2006. Remarriage After Divorce in Today's Church: 3 Views. Zondervan Publishing House.
Probably the best short guide to different evangelical perspectives.