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Jesus, Hillel, Shammai, and Divorce

John Ortberg summarizes the work of Cambridge fellow David Instone-Brewer on divorce in first-century Judaism in a feature for Beliefnet.com. He raises some interesting questions about what Jesus really meant by forbidding divorce.

Instone-Brewer apparently comes out about where I and many other Christians do on the subject, insisting that it is possible to be both biblical and humane when it comes to divorce. This is a nice, readable summary of that position, and watch out for the surprise ending in the concluding paragraphs!

technorati tags: divorce, gospels, new testament


  1. Terri says:

    I can’t imagine that anyone hates divorce more than someone who has been through it, but it’s not the divorce itself that is so terrible. It’s all the disappointment, betrayal, and pain that leads up to it and all the difficult healing that follows. Hugs


  2. Ruth says:

    Thank you for this information. It is helping me as my gaping wounds have become bruises that still need infusions of healing truth. It helps friends who are in bad marriages and need to see they are not necessarily wrong for not being able to stay.


  3. D. P. says:

    My pleasure, Ruth. Thanks for stopping by.


  4. Psalmist says:

    Excellent post, Dr. P. I wish more Christians understood that it’s the sundering of marriage itself, rather than the decree that makes it legal, that God hates.

    On an almost totally unrelated note, I’ve tagged you for a meme: http://psaltery.blogspot.com/2007/06/five-things-i-dig-about-jesus-meme.html


  5. Divorcee says:

    Thanks for sharing the article. It made me changed my perspective about divorce and what happened to me.


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