Posts Tagged ‘Marriage’

Blog: Betrothal vs. Engagement

November 26, 2011 1 comment

This weekend I read a blog about the difference between the traditional bethrothal vs. the modern term engagement. It talks about the difference between the two terms in relation to how they are used in biblical texts. More important than the post is the comments made by the audience. In relation to all the topics we cover in class this particular blog and its comments connects to the discussion of how people see truth. How do we as human beings define truth based on our beliefs and moral code? Also, it connects to some of the group projects that touch on background topics of romance, relationships, and religion. In the end, I was so interested in this different that I read about it on two other sites. Including information from all three websites, the conclusion is that:

*Betrothal- a contract between a couple that is binding. An agreement to marry at a specific time, (date/ age). Considered by some to include courtship. May be verbal or written. Includes discussion with the parents of both parties. Social custom shows that there are few intimacies between the betrothed and very rarely is there ever sex before the marriage. Couples refer to each other as “husband” or “wife”

*Engagement- an agreement to marry, usually verbal, that can be broken by either party. Often includes the couple cohabitating prior to marriage. Couples refer to each other as “fiancé”