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Betrothal

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The period of engagement preceding marriage; betrothal was a binding contract established between two families and sealed by the exchange of gifts. During this period the couple did not live together; sexual relations with each other at this stage was regarded as equivalent to adultery. Betrothal describes the relationship between God and his people and between Jesus Christ and the church.

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Betrothal and the choice of a spouse Wives were often chosen by parents for their sons Ge 21:21 See also Ge 24:4; Ge 38:6 Suitable husbands were sought by parents for their daughters Ru 3:1–4 See also Jdg 1:12–13; 1 Sa 18:17; 1 Sa 18:21 Betrothal following the couple’s wishes Jdg 14:1–4 See also Ge 34:1–4;…
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