Marriage between two individuals united their families and involved the whole community. Parents, particularly fathers, took an active part in selecting partners for their children. There was often a long period of betrothal; wedding celebrations were usually elaborate and might last a week or more.
The choice of a marriage partner
Parents usually chose a suitable partnerGe 38:6See alsoGe 24:2-4; Ge 21:21 Occasionally mothers made the wedding arrangements.
The invitation to a weddingMt 22:3-4 Invited guests were called when the feast was ready. It was an insult to the host to refuse to attend:Mt 22:5-7; Lk 14:18-21 Mt 22:11-12 Guests were expected to dress appropriately.
Dictionary of Bible Themes Scripture index copyright Martin H. Manser, 2009. As Editor, Martin Manser wishes to thank all those who compiled or edited the NIV Thematic Study Bible, on which this work is based.
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