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The Bible often refers to marriage—in stories, in the law of Moses, and in metaphors. The biblical usages reflect the practices of marriage in the ancient Near East and the Graeco-Roman world.
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
MARRIAGE. This entry consists of two articles. The first explores the subject of marriage and marriage customs in the ancient Near East and in the Old Testament. The second focuses on marriage as it is presented in the New Testament.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Beulah. Hebrew word used once in the kjv as a proper name for Jerusalem, denoting a promised blessing for the people of God (Is 62:4). The word means “married” and was used symbolically by the prophet Isaiah to describe what God’s special relationship would be to his restored people. The same theme recurs
Marriage, Marriage Customs
Marriage, Marriage Customs. Union between man and woman, sanctified by God as a means of maintaining family life. The idea of marriage was ordained by God in his instruction to Adam that a man should leave his father and mother, and he and his wife should be as one flesh (Gn 2:24). The first actual mention
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Beulah būʹlə [Heb. be‘ûlâ—‘married’] (Isa. 62:4, AV, NEB). A name symbolically applied to Israel: “Thy land [shall be called] Beulah … thy land shall be married … so shall thy sons marry thee” (Is. 62:4f). In this figure, frequently used since Hosea, the prophet wishes to express the future prosperity
Goodman The word occurs only once in the OT as the obsolete AV translation of the ordinary word for “man,” Heb. ʾîš (Prov. 7:19): “the goodman is not at home.” The RSV, along with the Geneva, Douay, and Wyclif versions, has “my husband is not at home,” while the NEB has “the man of the house is away.”
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
BEULAH* Hebrew word used once in the kjv as a proper name for Jerusalem, denoting a promised blessing for the people of God (Is 62:4). The word means “married” and was used symbolically by the prophet Isaiah to describe what God’s special relationship would be to his restored people. The same theme recurs
Marriage, Marriage Customs
MARRIAGE, MARRIAGE CUSTOMS The joining together of male and female in matrimony, as practiced by various cultures.The idea of marriage was ordained by God in his instruction to Adam that a man should leave his father and mother, and that he and his wife should be as one flesh (Gn 2:24).Several forms
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Beulah (byoo´luh; Heb., “married”; see Gen. 20:3; Deut. 22:22), according to Isa. 62:4 (cf. 54:1), one of the new names to be given to Jerusalem after the exile, when it will be “married” to God. The nrsv simply translates the new name as “Married,” but many other English versions (including kjv, niv)
marriage, a social, economic, political, and sexual unit formed through a public and legally recognized relationship of a man and at least one woman. Marriage customs and expectations varied throughout the biblical period, but all marriage systems appear to have been mainly patriarchal institutions,
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
BEULAH. A name prophetically applied to the land of Palestine after it should be re-peopled by an Israel restored to God’s favor after the Captivity (Isa 62:4). As Israel’s name is changed from “forsaken,” to “my delight is in her” (Hephzibah), so the once desolate land shall be called “married” (Beulah),
GOODMAN. An archaic English word meaning the head of a family or master of a household. In 1611 the word meant “husband,” as it still does in Scotland; hence in Prov 7:19 according to the context it is an accurate rendering of Heb. hā’ɩ̂sh, “the man,” RSV “my husband.” In the NT Gr. oikodespotēs is
MARRIAGE. That most intimate of unions into which, by personal consent, one man and one woman enter on the basis of mutual love and fidelity. It is nourished by sexual intercourse and perfected in a lifelong partnership of united endeavor.The Nature of Marriage1. It is a part of the very order of creation.
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
BEULAH. When the Lord saves Zion, her land shall receive this symbolic name, meaning ‘married’ (Is. 62:4, av, RSVmg.). Expressing the closeness of the relation between Zion and her sons (v. 5a), and the restoration of Zion to her God (v. 5b, cf. Is. 49:18; 54:1–6; Ho. 2:14–20; contrast Ho. 1:2), the
MARRIAGE. Marriage is the state in which men and women can live together in sexual relationship with the approval of their social group. Adultery and fornication are sexual relationships that society does not recognize as constituting marriage. This definition is necessary to show that in the OT polygamy
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Beulah (Heb. bĕʿûlâ)A symbolic name given to Israel, designating its future prosperity (Isa. 62:4 MT). Instead of being forsaken and desolate, Israel will be “married” (NRSV; lit., “possessed”) and its numerous inhabitants will remove the present reproach of its widowhood.
MarriageIn ancient Israel and the Greco-Roman world, marriage signified many different social practices of household formation. Marriage is one expression of kinship and family patterns, in which typically a man and at least one woman cohabitate publicly and permanently as a basic social unit. Within
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Beulah [būˊlə] (Heb. be˓ûlâ “married”).* A symbolic name given to Israel, designating its future prosperity (Isa. 62:4, KJV, NIV). Instead of being forsaken and desolate, Israel will be “married” (so RSV; Heb. be˓ûlâ “married”; JB “The Wedded”), lit. “possessed,” and its numerous
Marriage. †Marriage is presented in the Bible as an essential aspect of social life. It is the outcome and intention of God’s creation of mankind as male and female, counterparts of each other, capable of reproduction and indeed commanded to reproduce (Gen. 1:27–28; 2:18–24). Much of the Bible is given
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Marriage and divorce, adultery and incestPaul did not write treatises on the subjects of marriage, divorce, adultery or incest, and, were it not for problems in some of the churches he had founded that specifically concerned these matters, he might have made no reference to any of them at all. But there
Catholic Bible Dictionary
BEULAH (Hebrew, “just married”) A name that appears in some translations of Isa 62:4. It is used to describe Jerusalem in expectation of its restoration after the Exile; the image refers to an impending marriage to the Lord. The RSV translates it as “married.”
MARRIAGE The union of man and woman was ordained by God from the beginning (Gen 2:23–24). In Israel, marriage came under the protection and administration of the Law (Exod 20:14, 17; Lev 20:10; etc.); nevertheless, marriage under the Old Covenant was a natural and legal institution but was not a sacrament.