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Old Dec 7, '10, 4:28 pm
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In Biblical times arranged marriages where the norm or common at least, but what was the usual age that a girl and boy would get married? What was expected of them when they got married? What was the age of consent?
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A girl would have been considered sexually mature once she reaches puberty. So 12-14.

Younger age wasn't an issue back then, there's no college degrees to earn. 14-year old "men" can earn their living in the farm or fishing or carpentry or whatever, which would have been taught to them by their father from childhood.

John was believed to be around 12-15 at the time he followed Jesus, and he was already fishing with his father and brother at this time.
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Old Dec 7, '10, 5:21 pm
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thanks for the info. that just helped put a couple of things in perspective. take care.
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The usual age for the given for Mary when she had Jesus is 13. As far as I know once a woman had begun to menstruate she was marriageable. In some cultures women could be betrothed or even married as children, but consummation didn't occur until menarche.
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Seems pretty amazing to us, but they're right, 12-14 years old. They had to grow up fast, take care of things, raise a family....if a wife died, there must have been a period of mourning, but the husband had to find someone else quick, as a necessity....this persisted right up into the late 1800s and beyond, here in the USA
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In Biblical times arranged marriages where the norm or common at least, but what was the usual age that a girl and boy would get married? What was expected of them when they got married? What was the age of consent?
The concept of "age of consent" is really not a concept present in ancient society. Fathers decided for their daughters. Daughters went from their father's house to their husand's house. I don't believe the Jews had any sort of age associated with "consent" and certainly the Romans did not.

The Church established the conept of consent as it relates to the sacrament of marriage, meaning the girl had to give consent and her father could not consent for her. But establishing an age at which one could marry is relatively new. In the ancient world it was fluid, not defined in law. It was around the onset of puberty.
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