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My Prov. 31 checklist Far better to be lonely than marry wrong person! Betrothal in the Bible What verse about marriage is repeated in Scripture more than any other and should be central to our view of marriage and family? (Gen. 2:24) Betrothal Love was rarely basis for marriage – usually arranged by parents. Betrothal after exile was by money, contract, or cohabitation (latter involved declaring to witness their intention of marriage, then couple going into a chamber). Cohabitation betrothal later considered immoral. – equal to marriage. Marriage deed "kotuba"– A written obligation prior to marriage – obligations of husband to wife. Included bride price– husband “paid for” wife (called Mohar) Not always money – could be unusual accomplishment. Considered compensation to father & insurance if widowed. Also a bit like prenuptial agreement. (if divorced, wife got part of husband’s estate).
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Unformatted text preview: Betrothal involved husband giving a coin to bride (or valuable object) and saying, “Be thou consecrated to me.” (In Middle Ages the money was replaced be a ring – engagement ring). If couple of opposite sex were together for extended time, sexual activity was assumed. Premarital Sex Interesting data Not much change in number of people feeling premarital sex is always wrong. But major change in number of people saying it’s not wrong at all. Probably the number of uncertain people before are moving to thinking it is not wrong. Influence of media strongest for those that are uncertain. Center for Disease Control – 1991 57% of teens have had sex 1 in 7 GA teens had sex by age 13! 28% of 9 th grade boys in GA have had at least 5 sexual partners Gallup Poll (1989) 69% of college students say nothing wrong with premarital sex....
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