Andreas J. Köstenberger and David W. Jones have produced a second edition of their notable volume, God, Marriage, and Family: Rebuilding the Biblical Foundation. The primary purpose of this edition, as with the first, is to return God’s people to biblical foundations for marriage and family in light of the current cultural crisis in both. For Köstenberger and Jones, the crisis “is merely symptomatic of a deep-seated spiritual crisis that continues to gnaw at the foundations of our once-shared societal values.” (15) God, Marriage, and Family addresses this deep-seated crisis at its roots with sound exegesis, clear treatment of the vast secondary literature, and firm but sensitive application of the biblical teaching.
The second edition introduces new sections on the theology of sex and the parenting of teens, as well as a new chapter on marriage, family, and the church, including an evaluation of the “family-integrated church movement.” The authors have added summaries of recent debates on corporal punishment, singleness, homosexuality, and divorce and remarriage, and responses to several recent articles and monographs on marriage and the family. The second edition also includes updated bibliographies and notes.
Here is a sampling of the reviews of God, Marriage, and Family by J. I. Packer, Mark Dever, Mark Driscoll, and Russ Moore:
“In breadth of coverage, thoroughness of learning, clarity of analysis and argument and, I think, soundness of judgment, this solid, lucid, pastorally angled treatise has no peer.” – J.I. Packer
“Sensible, balanced, and biblical, this is a sound and timely summary of the Bible’s teaching on some of the most basic and yet controversial topics in today’s world. I highly recommend it.” – Mark Dever
“I love this book. It is the best on the subject, and at Mars Hill we have hundreds of couples read it each year as their premarital text. The men in Acts 29 also use it in their churches. God, Marriage, and Family is amazing, comprehensive, biblical, helpful, insightful, and without peer on the matters to which it speaks.” – Mark Driscoll
“If you are looking for just another collection of saccharine clichés about shiny happy Christian families, then you might want to leave this volume on the book-store shelf. In an era when too many Christians listen more intently to television therapists than to the Bible on the question of the family, this could be one of the most significant books you ever read.” – Russell D. Moore
If you are a prospective seminary or doctoral student, we invite you to study at Southeastern under Drs. Köstenberger and Jones. Köstenberger is professor of New Testament and Biblical Theology and Director of the PhD program at Southeastern. He holds the Ph.D. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School and is the author, editor, and translator of numerous books. Jones is associate professor of Christian Ethics at Southeastern having obtained his Ph.D. from the institution that exists as the nerve center of the theological world (Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary). His scholarly interests include biblical ethics, financial ethics, environmental stewardship, and topics related to marriage and family life.