Twelve months had passed.  The young Hebrew couple was about to enter the final stage of the contract established a year ago on the day of their betrothal.  Weddings at the time of Jesus would last sometimes for days. They were extremely special, because of the joining of a man and woman with God at the head of them.

As with most rituals in the Bible, there was a certain amount of tradition, and a lot of ceremonial law connected with them.  The betrothal would be the first step which required a signed contract by those betrothed and witnesses.  If the contract ( ketubah)would require a divorce, so it was as binding as the actual marriage agreement.  Sometimes the marriage would be arranged by the parents when their children were young.  Usually the engagement would last for twelve months.

The bride would undergo a ceremonial cleansing prior to the wedding and be veiled…

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