The metaphorical marriage, as described by the Old Testament prophets beginning with Hosea, symbolized the relationship of God the bridegroom, to israel his bride. This covenant relationship between God and Israel also symbolized the relationship God ordained between husband and wife. Literary structures, ritual patterns, and the Hebrew word which means "know" are common to ancient Near Eastern treaties and Old Testament covenants; most importantly, the marriage covenant. The marriage covenant is under the umbrella of previous covenants which a man and woman have entered into as part of the house of Israel. The terms "help meet" and "ruler" are the God-given roles to Adam and Eve which define the covenant relationship between husband and wife.
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David M. Kennedy Center
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Benson, RoseAnn, "The Marriage of Adam and Eve: An Ancient Covenant" (2003). All Theses and Dissertations. 4522.
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