The Ketubah – An Official Marriage Document

The Ketubah – An Official Marriage Document
By the late Rev. Polly Perkins

The ketubah is the official Jewish marriage certificate. The word means, literally, “written”. The origin of the ketubah is quite ancient, going back to Biblical times. The oldest existing copy is written on papyrus and dates back to the 5th century, BC.

A Jewish bridegroom at the time of Y’shua (Jesus) as well as today, would have a Ketubah drawn up and read at the marriage ceremony. This document becomes the property of the bride at the time of the wedding. Included in it would be the groom’s obligations to work for and maintain his wife as well as to lovingly care for and honor her. The ketubah was a legal document that guaranteed her care and provision in case of divorce or widowhood.”

My friend, Polly, a well known speaker, author and Messianic teacher, wrote this in her book, “Christ the Bridegroom and Jewish Wedding Customs”. Copyright 1989.

I see that this is a great idea – too bad we in today’s world don’t have this custom! If I were a young bride starting out today, I would certainly choose a Jewish wedding, complete with a Ketubah, and the covenant-making wine ceremony. Wouldn’t you? If you had a Ketubah, what would you want it to say?

See you next time!
Shalom, Sharaka

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