Marriage
Part 3 History

Chapter 33 Cultural Elements

Preliminary Questions

Bibliography

Theology

Transcultural Constitutive Elements of Marriage

 

To Think About

Preliminary Questions

 

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Bibliography

 

Good website for Marriages between a Christian and a Jew:  www.dovetailinstitute.org

 

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Theology

 

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Transcultural Constitutive Elements of Marriage

Negotiation between the families

Contract between the families

Betrothal

Bride moves to groom's home, (or groom's parent's home)

In primitive times girls had been captured from neighboring clans to continue the family line, but eventually this practice gave way to a less violent one of arranged marriages:  fathers obtained wives for their sons in exchange for a "bride price" which compensated a girl's family for the loss of a skilled and fertile member.  After she was escorted by her father to her new home, the bride was now only ritually abducted by the husband, who carried  her over the threshold of his home and fed her a piece of sacred cake, which inducted her into her new religion and established her communion with her husband's family gods.  (Joseph Martos. Doors to the Sacred.  Revised and Updated Edition. page 353.)

Exchange of consent between bride and groom

    Act of will regarding contract

    Qualities of consent

        -- Perpetual

        -- Exclusive

        -- Free

Object of contract

        conjugal rites

Banquet

Intercourse

Birth of first child

Birth of first male child

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