New book in the Series from Samuel Martin dealing with Hebrews 12 and Spanking Children

I am very pleased to share this information regarding Samuel Martin’s 2nd book.

Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me: BOOK II The Book of Hebrews and the Corporal Punishment of Children in the Christian Context

 A New Book by Samuel Martin

This book has been 14 years in the making. Samuel Martin returns with his second volume in the series “Thy Rod and Thy Staff, They Comfort Me.”

 This second book is a follow up to his first book ‘Thy Rod and Thy Staff, They Comfort Me: Christians and the Spanking Controversy.” (published in 2006)

That first book was not sold but was given away on numerous sites on the Web and continues to be available for free. (see www.biblechild.com)

A hard copy version is available. (see the author’s Amazon page)

This new book promises to be a welcomed addition to the series turning its attention to the New Testament book of Hebrews chapter 12:5-11, which is a key text quoted by many Christians today in their belief in corporal punishment. Samuel Martin further strengthens an already compelling case against corporal punishment in this new book.

 Features off this new book are:

The Original Manuscript Order of Hebrews and Its Importance?

Who wrote Hebrews and why that is important?

If Paul wrote Hebrews, why did he not identify himself openly in the book?

What geographical region was Hebrews written to?

When was the book of Hebrews written?

What is the main subject of the book of Hebrews?

Who is the book of Hebrews relevant for today?

How does this survey of Hebrews link to our understanding of the debate concerning spanking children in the 21st century?

Reviews of this book:

“Samuel Martin does a good job of writing with an easy to understand touch … He comes to similar conclusions that I do regarding the spanking controversy.” – Professor William Webb, Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies, Tyndale Seminary, Canada and author of the book “Corporal Punishment in the Bible: A Redepemtive Movement Hermeneutic for Troubling Texts” (InterVarsity, 2011)

“I think you present a well crafted argument.” – Pastor Crystal Lutton, author of “Biblical Parenting”

“a very provocative and stimulating perspective of Hebrews.” – Clay Clarkson, author of “Heartfelt Discipline: Following God’s Path of Life to the Heart of Your Child.”

Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me: Christians and the Spanking Controversy Now Available on Amazon.com

Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me: Christians and the Spanking Controversy by Samuel Martin was out of print but now it is again available in hard copy. You can find this wonderful book on Amazon.com or download it for free here. If you have already read the book, please head over to Amazon.com and leave it a review.

In other exciting news, Book 2 of this series is scheduled to be released soon! This book will be about Hebrews 12, so stay tuned!

A person’s a person no matter how small.

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Aha. Welcome to my long winded “Why I don’t believe in spanking” post.

You will soon find that spanking isn’t the whole issue with me. I don’t believe in punishment at all (GASP!).

‘Course permissiveness can be unhealthy as well, so I am setting out on this parenting journey to tread not somewhere in between those two evils, but outside the whole paradigm altogether. Onward, fellow travelers! To the land of gentle discipline! (I’m cheesy and I know it… beeeooouuup beeouup beoup beoup beoup beoup beoup. Girl, look at that baby. He drinks milk! Okay, yes. Too much coffee. I’m out of control.)

Now that you know what you’re getting yourself into (should you choose to read on), allow me to indulge in a disclaimer. [Read more…]

Hebrews 12

Dulce de Leche takes a close look at Hebrews 12 to determine if it really condones spanking or not.

Mothering By Grace Reviews Shepherding A Child’s Heart

I just found this excellent review of Tedd Tripp’s Book, Shepherding A Child’s Heart at Mothering By Grace.

Does “Discipline” Equal Spanking?

Carissa Robinson continues her look “at the true meaning of discipline, and how it has been warped by both Christian and secular philosophies and misconceptions about childhood” in Paideia, Part 2.  In this post she looks at the meaning of the Greek word, Paideia, and how it has been translated throughout the New Testament.

For more about the meaning of Paideia, please see her interesting comments in this post, especially this one.

Does God Spank His Children?

Carissa Robinson delves into the question, “Does God Spank His Children?

Biblical Chastisement and Hermeneutics

Cindy of Under Much Grace explains More on Biblical Chastisement and ‘Paideia‘: Hermeneutics Effects Everything.

 

Responses to Pearl on Anderson

I have yet to watch Michael Pearl and Elizabeth Esther on Anderson other than a few clips.  I hope to someday find it online in its entirely at which time I will certainly link.  By the way, it will be airing in the Los Angeles Area on FOX 11 at 1pm.   Meanwhile, here are some responses from the Blogosphere.

Hannah of Emotional Abuse And Your Faith asks, Do we understand insensitivity?

Cindy of Under Much Grace answers the question, What is Biblical Chastisement?
as well as, Why is the Pearl Method So Insidious and Dangerous?

MamaPsalmist reacts in No More Dead Kids and its followup, And Another Thing.

Biblical Perspectives on Spanking

Ordained Minister( and Parenting and Relationship expert)  Thomas Haller has written an article with Chick Moorman called, Biblical Perspectives on Spanking in which they take a closer look at the typical verses which are considered to command parents to spank.

Samuel Martin’s book, Thy Rod and Thy Staff They Comfort Me, also studies those verses, as well as Jewish attitudes towards children in Biblical times.  Brenda King of Positively Feminine has a book review of his book and is also offering a chance to win a free copy of it.

In other news, I have updated yesterday’s post with part III of the series.

What John Piper Says About Spanking

Rachel had an in depth look at what John Piper says about Spanking but she has since closed her blog to the public.  Please check out my John Piper tag.

Also, check out what Barefoot Betsy says here.

Claire’s Testimony

Claire  has been doing some more Myth Busting at Dare to Disciple in Myth Busting 4: My Story.  Here are the myths she busts in this installment:

  • ‘Punish’ and ‘discipline’ are synonyms.  (note:  Sally Clarkson mentioned this in a recent post)
  • All Christians spank.
  • Spanking is the best way to make a point to a young child.
  • Spanking works.
  • God mandates – or at least strongly recommends – corporal punishment.
  • Children are lesser citizens than adults.
  • People have to feel bad to act better.

Suffer The Little Children

The website, Suffer The Little Children, belongs to Joan Vasquez, the writer of the Rod Study.  She has many interesting articles as well as an interview of the author of Biblical Parenting, Crystal Lutton. This website is an invaluable resource and I recommend that you read it thoroughly.

Spanking is NOT God’s Will Part 2

(Part 1)

After reading and studying more today in this wonderful book by Samuel Martin and doing my own Bible study, here are some things that God has revealed to me.

First, the book of Proverbs is the oldest book in the Holy Bible.  While King Solomon and King Hezekiah wrote most of Proverbs, according to Martin’s book, some of it was also written by authors of ancient Egypt hundreds of years prior to King Solomon and King Hezekiah.  In the Hebrew Bible, The Wisdom Literature which are Job, Psalms, and Proverbs are arranged in a different order than they appear in our modern day Bibles.  Instead of Job,  Psalms, Proverbs; it’s Psalms, Proverbs, Job.  These Holy books were inspired by God to be written primarily for young men.

The Hebrew language breaks up each stage of childhood in the Bible into specific names from birth to adulthood.   I will not list them here at the moment, but what is key to point out here is the Book of Proverbs was written for young men (Hebrew: Na’ar).  Na’ar is the teenage years, 12 years to roughly 19.  During this stage of life during biblical times, young men were considered ready to learn the Law, looking to marry, and able to understand abstract concepts.  This makes sense as reknown psychologist Jean Piaget recognized that people 12 and up were in the Formal Operational stage of cognitive development.  Young children cannot think abstractly.  That is why a young child will run to the window if you say it’s raining cats and dogs.  The young child truly expects to see cats and dogs falling from the sky.  The young takes everything at its literal meaning.  [Read more…]

Spanking and Proverbs – Part 3: Believer’s Behavior

Barefoot Betsy looks at “what the rest of the Bibles says about spanking in the light of what the Bible – in particular, the New Testament – says about how we, as Christians, are to behave” in Spanking and Proverbs- Part 3: Believer’s Behavior.

Is Spanking Biblical? Part 2: Hebrews 12

Carissa continues her series with Is Spanking Biblical? Part 2: Hebrews 12 where she looks at the book of Hebrews.