Solomon’s Speed Date Night

Solomon illustrates “Biblical marriage” at its most extreme: patriarchal marriage aimed more at creating alliances between families than at love or relationship in the modern sense.

Of course, this doesn't mean that he might not have written the occasional erotic limerick for one or more of them.

 

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  • http://lotharlorraine.wordpress.com/ Lothar Lorraine

    Hey James, do you believe one can fairly say that in the ANE, love was the exception rather than the rule?

    Or would it be an exagerration?

    While certainly better, I believe that our Western concept of love has also its own problem: it is always tied to romantic feelings which are biologically doom to wane over the years,

    So I think love must always include a commitment and a deep friendship, so that it can hopefully last during the entire life.

    This is true both for straight and gay couples.

    Lothars Sohn – Lothar’s son

    http://lotharlorraine.wordpress.com

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religionprof/ James F. McGrath

      I think that marriage motivated initially by reciprocal love was the exception. I suspect that, as in many societies with arranged marriages today, love often emerged, sometimes before the arrangement, sometimes before the wedding, and sometimes afterwards. But having romantic love be the driving force behind most marriages is a relatively recent phenomenon, historically speaking.