The marriage was neither a civil nor a religious matter, but numerous religious obligations came as a result.Marriage was instituted by God as a lifelong commitment (Genesis -24, Matthew 19:3-9, 1 Timothy 4:1-5).In Old Testament times, everyone was expected to be married and have children (Proverbs , Jeremiah 29:6).
Peter and many of the other apostles were married (Matthew , 1 Corinthians 9:5), so marriage is compatible with committed service to God.
There are some mentions of courtship in the Bible (Judges 14:7-8, Ruth 3:7-11, Song of Songs 2:8-14).
But most marriages were arranged by the parents of the bride and groom, and dating as we know it today was not practiced.
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