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Espousal
Espouse
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The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Espousal; Espouse
Espousal; Espouse In the AV these words, following English usage that is now obsolete, are used to signify marriage or betrothal. The RSV renders “wedding” (Cant. 3:11), “bride” (Jer. 2:2; NEB “bridal”), and “betrothed” (2 S. 3:14; Mt. 1:18; Lk. 1:27; 2:5; 2 Cor. 11:2).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Espousal
ESPOUSAL. Espousal, meaning “betrothal” or “engagement,” was regarded almost as binding as marriage itself (Deut 20:7; 22:23, 25, 27–28; Hos 2:19–20; Lk 1:27; 2:5). This explains Joseph’s concern over Mary and setting her aside (Mt 1:18–19). The betrothed man was sometimes called a husband (Deut 22:23;
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
Espousals of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Espousals of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Desponsatio BVM). A feast of the Latin Church. Its institution in honour of St *Joseph was advocated by P. *d’Ailly and J. *Gerson, but its existence as a feast of Mary is first attested in 1517, when *Leo X permitted its celebration to the Nuns of the Annunciation.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Espouse
Espouse(2 Sam. 3:14), to betroth. The espousal was a ceremony of betrothing, a formal agreement between the parties then coming under obligation for the purpose of marriage. Espousals are in the East frequently contracted years before the marriage is celebrated. It is referred to as figuratively illustrating
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
ESPOUSAL; ESPOUSE
ESPOUSAL; ESPOUSE<es-pouz’-al>, <es-pouz’>: In the King James Version these words, following English usage of an earlier day, are used to signify either marriage or betrothal, while the American Standard Revised Version discriminates, and uses them only for marriage. For example, in 2 Samuel 3:14,
A Catholic Dictionary
Espousal
espousal (sponsalia) is defined by Gury as “a deliberate promise to marry made by each party, expressed by outward signs, each being capable of entering upon such an engagement.” This definition implies that the engagement refers to the future—i.e. the parties do not give themselves to each other there
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
Espousal, Espouse
ESPOUSAL, es-pouzʹal, ESPOUSE, es-pouzʹ: In AV these words, following Eng. usage of an earlier day, are used to signify either marriage or betrothal, while the ARV discriminates, and uses them only for marriage. For example, in 2 S 3:14, “I espoused to me” (Heb ’ērastī lī) becomes “I betrothed to