This book provides a thorough study of the sole biblical foundation of marriage as given in the short description of Genesis 2:24: "For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh". All the other biblical texts dealing with marriage are traced back to this basis that was declared as the original ideal by Jesus even in the times of the New Testament and the emerging Christian church. Thoughts about crucial questions concerning marriage, divorce, remarriage, and even what we might expect of marriage in the world to come are thus presented in the light shining forth from the first pages of the Scriptures. The intriguing connections to the biblical plan of redemption, conversion, and baptism are also investigated, developing a deeper understanding of the human-divine covenant that is exemplified by this beautiful Edenic marriage pattern.
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René Gehring is Pastor and Assistant Lecturer. He holds two PhDs in the fields of theology (New Testament) and history (Jewish History), and received an MA in Ancient History and Classics. He published several theological articles and is author of a book about the Jewish religious parties of the New Testament era.Review:
Gehring has produced a work of weighty substance in biblical theology. His main proposition--that the 'one flesh' ideal in Genesis 2:24 applies not only to the literal (human) marital relationship but to the spiritual (divine-human) covenant between God and his people--is well defended. Gehring goes beyond other scholars in his careful analysis of many passages, uncovering intricate literary (chiastic and block parallel) structures and exploring important intertextual linkages. I highly recommend this book!
--Richard M. Davidson, J. N. Andrews Professor of Old Testament Interpretation, Andrews University Theological Seminary --Wipf and Stock Publishers
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