• The Covenant of Marriage: Its Biblical Roots, Historical Influence, and Modern Uses

    Author(s):
    John Witte, Jr. (see profile)
    Date:
    2012
    Subject(s):
    Church history, Bible, Protestantism
    Item Type:
    Article
    Tag(s):
    Covenant, Mosaic Law, Old Testament Prophets, Second Vatican Council, Law and Religion, Marriage
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/6ee8-5c87
    Abstract:
    This Article analyzes the recent covenant marriage movement in America, and its deep roots in biblical teachings. It shows that the Hebrew Prophets, especially Malachi, described the covenant between God and his chosen people of Israel as a model for human marriages, featuring courtship and public celebration of the marriage, mutual love and faithful monogamy, procreation and nurture of children, and limited divorce and an openness to reconciliation. This idea of marriage as a covenant of the whole community is much more prominent in the Bible than the idea of marriage as a sacrament of the church, and it provides a better bridge concept between theology and law, traditional and modern accounts of the institution of marriage. Recent Catholic and Protestant statements alike now use the covenant idea of marriage, which has resonance in Jewish and Islamic contexts as well.
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