Dating the hebrew bible
, Hurry, my beloved, And be like a gazelle or a young stag On the mountains of spices.(Song of Solomon 14) If the husband divorced his wife for no reason or "cause", or took a second wife without permission, he must return the bride's entire inventory of assets to her and pay the set "Bride Price" cash to the father of the bride.
After consummation, he takes the bloodied bed sheet and gives it to the witnesses chosen by the father of the bride.
But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire.
Then he said to his slaves, The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
At the end of the betrothal period the marriage took place, on a Wednesday if the bride was a virgin and on a Thursday if she was a widow.
The bridegroom and his party made their way to the home of the bride, or to some other place; there is a record of a wedding in which two parties, one of the bridegroom and his friends and the other of the bride and her people, went out to meet each other at an unspecified place (1 Macc. When the two groups came together the wedding took place.
(Antiquities 14.325) [footnote: We may here take notice that espousals alone were of old esteemed a sufficient foundation for affinity, Hyrcanus being here called father-in-law to Herod, ; (466) and as he removed his camp, and came near that part of the wall where it could be most easily assaulted, he pitched that camp before the temple, intending to make his attacks in the same manner as did Pompey.