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Scriptural Issues Related to Divorce and Remarriage



Smart Stepfamilies does not agree with every conclusion presented by the following writers, but we offer these articles and links to further your personal study of this complex Biblical matter. It is important to study God's word and rightly handle its teaching; we suggest you read the exegesis of many theologians and not formulate your opinions from just one or two. We hope these resources will be helpful to your continued study.

A must read!


For a thorough examination of divorce and remarriage from a biblical viewpoint, be sure to pick up these two books: 1) Divorce & Remarriage in the Church by David Instone-Brewer, Ph.D.; A redemptive message for the divorced & remarried.

and 2) Divorce & Remarriage: A Redemptive Theology by Rubel Shelly, Ph.D.

Also, online teaching from Dr. Instone-Brewer can be found here.

There is (Spiritual) Life After Divorce!

Some Pharisees put this question to him: "Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife?" From his answer to them and his later discussion of that answer with the Twelve, we have tried to figure out how the church should deal with marriage, divorce, and remarriage in our culture.
The Present Indicative in Matthew 19:9

Is the person who divorces his wife in order to remarry living in a constant state of "adultery" as some maintain?
Three Weddings and a Divorce

Did you know that God divorced Israel?  No wonder he hates divorce, he's been there.  Learn more in this thought-provoking article from biblical scholar David Instone-Brewer, author of three books on marriage, divorce, and remarriage in the Bible.
Online Videos with Dr. David Instone-Brewer

View Dr. Instone-Brewer discussing major findings from his books about marriage, divorce, and remarriage.  It’s fun and useful to the serious student.
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