Dating rituals in the middle east

23 Dec

Biblical texts make clear that marriages between cousins were strongly preferred.

Racial and ethnic harmony varies from peaceful in Syria to contentious in Israel.In order to marry a girl, a man would give her father a gift (called in Hebrew) that would seal the betrothal between the bride- and husband-to-be.Betrothal was a much firmer commitment than today’s engagement.Marriage in ancient Israel was very different from marriage today.Although there is a great deal we do not know about Israelite marriage, the biblical texts that speak about it tell us that many Israelite marriage customs were unlike those of modern western societies.