Word for Today
Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judea, to the city of David, which is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and lineage of David, to be registered with Mary, his betrothed wife, who was with child. Luke 2:3-4
Mary and Joseph were betrothed, not married. Betrothal was different from marriage. The Jewish people call it Kiddush (betrothal). A betrothal commonly was done by the payment for a bride in the presence of two witnesses, and reciting the marriage formula, “Thou art consecrated to me according to the law of Moses and of Israel.” She was not required to respond; her silence was her acceptance. This reserved the young woman for him until the day of the wedding ceremony after which the marriage would be consummated.
Learn more at Jewish Traditions and Marriage Customs.
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