Despite some surface-level similarities, it’s dangerous to think betrothal can help guide Christian dating.After reading a bit of a controversial article online about Christian dating, I decided to read the comments section, as you do.This is because betrothal/the first stage of marriage had already started when Jacob and Laban had agreed a bridal price (-21).Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph in Matthew .Families were meant to gain a social advantage through marriage and expand their contacts.This led to a very simple reality; searching for love and searching for intimacy was not embraced and practiced in biblical cultures by most people.
This means that the parents would select the marriage partner for their children.
Nevertheless, once it was decided that the couple would get married, they were officially ‘betrothed’ to one another.
In many of the ancient biblical cultures, the period in-between a marriage being arranged and the couple marrying was called betrothal.
And as expected, there where a lot of contrasting opinions.
Some were passionately saying that dating isn’t bad and Christians just need to date lots of people and get experience.