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Unlock the story of 21 Marriages in the Bible

Updated on January 26, 2013

1.Adam Marries Eve

God is the designer of marriage, instituting
it with our first human parents, Adam and Eve.
What can we learn from their marriage? The
first love story is recorded for us in Genesis
2. There we read about God creating Adam as,
initially, the only human being. In mankind's
earliest beginning, no Eve was to be found. But
in the next two verses we learn the outline of
the basis of marriage as established by God.
"Therefore a man shall leave his father and
mother and be joined to his wife, and they
shall become one flesh.

2. Lamech Marries Adah and Zillah

Lamech took to himself two wives: the name of
the one was Adah, and the name of the other,
Zillah. Lamech married two women, one named
Adah and the other Zillah. Hitherto one man had
but one wife at a time; but Lamech took two.
Jacob, David, and many others, who were
otherwise good men, were afterwards ensnared in
this sin which Lamech begun.

3. Isaac Marries Rebekah

 Seeking to equip people to live as Christian
disciples wherever God has placed them. In
these chapters, God’s promises continue to
unfold. Following the death of Sarah, Abraham
has to prepare for Isaac’s marriage according
to the customs of the time in which parents
arranged marriages for their children (a custom
of course that still exists in parts of the
world). The fact that the servant thanks God
for leading him “to the house of my master’s
kin” underscores the idea that Rebekah and her
family were distant relatives of Abraham. He
marries her, loves her and she comforts him
after his mother’s death (Genesis 24:67).

Judith by Caravaggio
Judith by Caravaggio

4. Esau's Marriage to Judith

 Genesis 26:34-35; Esaus Foolish Marriage:
Those children have little reason to expect the
blessing of God who do that which is a grief of
mind to their good parents. A christian blog
with a decidedly biblical perspective on the
world and events around us. Genesis 26:34-35;
Esaus Foolish Marriage: Those children have
little reason to expect the blessing of God who
do that which is a grief of mind to their good
parents. 34 And Esau was forty years old when
he took to wife Judith the daughter of Beeri
the Hittite, and Bashemath the daughter of Elon
the Hittite: 35 Which were a grief of mind unto
Isaac and to Rebekah.

5.Abrahams's Marriage to Keturah

Abraham again took a wife and her name was
Keturah. Although commentators differ as to
exactly when Abraham married a second time, and
though the time is not critical from a
doctrinal perspective, it appears that he
remarried after the death of Sarah (chapter 23)
at her terminal age of 127 years. Since his age
at his death was 175 years, the feasibility of
Keturah bearing him six children within a 38
year time span is reasonable. But this writer
suggests that the marriage was after the death
of his first and true wife.

6.Jacobs' Marriages to Leah and Rachel

 Jacob's preference lay with Rachel -- she was
his first love and the one he regarded as his
primary wife. But Leah was the first he
married, the first to bear his children, and
the one to emerge victorious in the sisters'
competition to provide Jacob with the most
sons. Jacob transfers his love of Rachel to her
son, Joseph, demonstrating his greater
preference toward him over his brothers -- as
he had demonstrated his preference of Rachel
over Leah. This the sons of Leah are determined
to prevent at any cost.

Asenath and Joseph
Asenath and Joseph

7.Joseph's Marriage to Asenath

 He is presented as the favored son of Jacob
and Rachel, sold as a boy into slavery by his
brothers, who were jealous of Josephs dreams
and of his coat of many colors given him by
Jacob. In Egypt, Joseph gained a position of
authority in the household of his master,
Potiphar, and was later imprisoned on the false
accusations of Potiphars wife. His wife was
Asenath, an Egyptian, and their sons Manasseh
and Ephraim were eponymous ancestors of two of
the 12 tribes of Israel. The mention of Josephs
marriage to Asenath in the Book of Genesis is
the subject of Joseph and Asenath, now
classified among the Old Testament


8. Moses Marries Zipporah

 One of the seven maidens whom Moses saw at the
well attracted his notice in particular on
account of her modest demeanor, and he made her
a proposal of marriage. Zipporah: "It is the
rod that the Holy One, blessed be He, created
in the twilight of the first Sabbath eve, and
gave to Adam. Moses had been standing without
all this time, and had allowed Jethro's
daughters to describe him as an Egyptian,
without protesting and asserting his Hebrew
birth. Zipporah hastened forth to execute her
father's wish, and no sooner had she ushered
him in93 than Moses requested her hand in

9. Samson Marries a Philistine Girl

 And Samson went down to Timnath, and saw a
woman in Timnath of the daughters of the
Philistines. 2And he came up, and told his
father and his mother, and said, I have seen a
woman in Timnath of the daughters of the
Philistines: now therefore get her for me to
wife. 3Then his father and his mother said unto
him, Is there never a woman among the daughters
of thy brethren, or among all my people, that
thou goest to take a wife of the uncircumcised
Philistines? 14And he said unto them, Out of
the eater came forth meat, and out of the
strong came forth sweetness.

10.Boaz Marries Ruth

 Meanwhile Boaz went up to the town gate and
sat there. When the kinsman-redeemer he had
mentioned came along, Boaz said, "Come over
here, my friend, and sit down." So he went over
and sat down. 2 Boaz took ten of the elders of
the town and said, "Sit here," and they did so.
10 I have also acquired Ruth the Moabitess,
Mahlon's widow, as my wife, in order to
maintain the name of the dead with his
property, so that his name will not disappear
from among his family or from the town records

David saved by Michal by Chagall
David saved by Michal by Chagall

11.David's Marriage to Michal

 Did David marry Michal, who was married to
Palti, for one hundred foreskin or two hundred?
"But it came to pass at the time when Meirav
Saul's daughter should have been given to
David, that she was given to Adriel the
Meholathite to wife" (I Samuel 18:19). So Saul
gave Michal to David to be his wife" (I Samuel
18:27). Money or its equivalent must be given
to the woman to wed her, and if in place of
money he gave her a promissory note, the
marriage is not valid.

12. David Marries Abigail

 It was a very good thing that Abigail did not
submit in all things to her husband, Nabal.
David and his band of mercenaries protect
shepherds from wild animals and bandits. One of
Nabals slaves who heard what Nabal said to
Davids messenger goes to Abigail. Unfortunately
after Abigail marries David and become part of
an ever growing harem, she disappears.

13.David Marries Bathsheba

 As described in the Old Testament book of 2
Samuel (11:2), King David gazes at Bathsheba,
the wife of Uriah, from the roof of his palace
while she bathes. The king's infatuation with
Bathsheba will lead him to order her husband's
death and take her as his wife. Later, God
causes Bathsheba's and David's newborn son to
die as punishment. Venetian painters, such as
Bordone, were particularly known for their
ability to paint beautiful, seductive women.

14.Solomon's Marriage to Pharaoh's daughter

 Solomon brought Pharaoh's daughter from the
City of David to a palace he had built for her.
And he removed the daughter of Pharao from the
city of David, to the house which he had built
for her. Then Solomon formed a marriage
alliance with Pharaoh king of Egypt, and took
Pharaoh's daughter and brought her to the city
of David until he had finished building his own
house and the house of the LORD and the wall
around Jerusalem. He also made a house like
this hall for Pharaoh's daughter, whom Solomon
had married.

15. Ahab Marries Jezebel

 Religious conflict is seemingly as old as
religion itself. In the biblical story of
Jezebel, the Phoenician wife of King Ahab of
Israel (9th century B.C.), conflict and
bloodshed are inevitable when she promotes the
worship in Israel of the Canaanite
fertility/storm god Baal. Ahab only makes
matters worse by marrying Jezebel, the daughter
of Ethbaal, the king of Tyre or the "Sidonians"
(the Phoenicians of the Mediterranean coast).
Ahab begins serving Baal, the god to whom his
wife is devoted.


16. Ahasuerus Marriage to Esther

 Esther was a Jewish girl born in Susa the
capital of Elam. Mordecai's family had been
taken captive from Judah (many years prior to
Esther taking residence in his home) after the
fall of Jerusalem, to Nebuchadnezzar, some
speculate about 586 B.C. Mordecai continued his
care of Esther all her days until her marriage
and he became as a father to her. King
Ahasuerus was thought to be "mad" during his
reign and today, probably would have been
diagnosed with multiple mental illnesses. Even
marriage to King Ahasuerus did not safe guard a

17.Hosea Marries Gomer

 Scholars have advanced a number of theories to
reckon with historical questions about the
portrayal of Gomer in Hosea i-3. Some
commentators regard Hosea and Gomer’s marriage
as an allegory, not meant to be taken
literally. Such an interpretation would perhaps
preserve Gomer’s moral goodness by erasing her
existence as a real woman and having her serve
God’s purposes. Some try to vindicate Gomers
by insisting that she should not be
equated with the woman in Hosea 3, another
wife, whom Hosea was commanded to marry and
whose promiscuity is unfairly laid upon Gomer.

Marriage of Mary and Joseph
Marriage of Mary and Joseph

18.Joseph's Marriage to Mary

 In this mystery, "Joseph of Nazareth shared
like no other human being except Mary, the
Mother of the Incarnate Word. In the last
Circular Letter we pondered the virtue and
moral excellence of St. Joseph in the light of
his eloquent response to God in the midst of
his great trial. According to Jewish custom,
marriage took place in two stages: first, the
legal, or true marriage was celebrated, and
then, only after a certain period of time, the
husband brought the wife into his own house.
Thus, before he lived with Mary, Joseph was
already her husband.

19.Herod's Marriage to Herodias

 Although seen for a while as the successor of
Herod the Great, he fell from grace after his
mother's implication in a plot to kill the
king. After his marriage with Herodias, he and
his wife lived as upper-class private citizens
in or near a harbor city, possibly Azotus,
Ashkelon or Caesarea Maritima. However, around
23, she divorced her husband and married
another uncle, Herod Antipas, tetrarch of
Galilee and Peraea.

20.The Marriage of A Cana Couple

 And the third day, there was a marriage in
Cana of Galilee
: and the mother of Jesus was
there. And Jesus also was invited, and his
disciples, to the marriage. And Jesus saith to
her: Woman, what is that to me and to thee? His
mother saith to the waiters: Whatsoever he
shall say to you, do ye.

The Mystical Marriage of Christ and the Church
The Mystical Marriage of Christ and the Church

21. The Marriage of Christ to the Church

During the general audience of Wednesday, 18
August, Pope John Paul delivered the following
address to the large crowd present in St
Peter's Square. Analyzing the respective
components of Ephesians, we established that
the reciprocal relationship between husband and
wife is to be understood by Christians as an
image of the relationship between Christ and
the Church. Marriage corresponds to the
vocation of Christians
only when it reflects
the love which Christ the Bridegroom gives to
the Church his Bride, and which the Church
(resembling the subject wife, that is,
completely given) attempts to return to Christ.
This will become clear if we attempt to reread
the Pauline analogy inversely, that is,
beginning with the relationship of Christ to
the Church and turning next to the relationship
of husband and wife in marriage.


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