Jesus’ Family Values
people claim to know what Jesus would say or do in the kinds of ethical
dilemmas we face today, but applying "traditional" Christian values
out of context actually sells Jesus' teaching short. What are Christian family
values, Deirdre Good asks, why are there so many interpretations of what Jesus
actually taught and said, and which of these biblical values should guide our
by setting this conversation in the context of the Greek, Roman, Jewish, and
first-century sectarian world, and criticises the attempts to use biblical
texts literally in advocating for marriage and the family. Other chapters will
take up the meaning of house and home, marriage and divorce, and biological
ties vs. extended families and communities.
careful attention to the words and stories of Matthew, Luke, Mark, John, and
the letters of Paul, Good provides an ideal method for studying the Bible to
find out what it actually says to our communities and households today.