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CAREFULLY COMPILED FROM AUTHENTIC SOURCES,
THEIR CUSTOMS ILLUSTRATED
FROM MODERN TRAVELS.
BY WILLIAM BROWN, D.D.
MINISTER OF ESKDALEMUIR.
TO WHICH IS ADDED,
DISSERTATION ON THE HEBREW LANGUAGE, FROM
JENNINGS'S JEWISH ANTIQUITIES.
IN TWO VOLUMES.
PUBLISHED BY WILLIAM W. WOODWARD,
NO. 52, SOUTH SECOND STREET.
SECT. V. Ecclesiastical Punishments among the Jews.—The Nezipè or Admo:
nition, its nature and duration. The Nedui or Separation. The Herim or Cut-
ting on. The Shemetha or Greater Excommunication. A Copy of it 104
given to the bride, laid out in marriage dresses; custom at Aleppo and in
Egypt. Persons in the East always marry young; young men to virgins ;
widowers to widows. The bride elegantly dressed; virgins married on the
fourth day of the week, and widows on the fifth: one divorced or a widow,
could not marry till after ninety days. The marriage procession of the bride-
groom to the house of the bride: the marriage ceremony; procession of both
parties to the house of the bridegroom: commonly in the night. The songs
and ceremonies during the procession; marriage supper; office of architri.
clinus : the paranymphi; the shushbenin. Music and dancing after supper.
Signs of virginity: consequences if they appeared not. Marriage feast lasted
eight days: that of a widow only three. The bride had commonly a slave
given her by her parents. Husbands exempted from military service for a
year; Alexander the Great did this after the battle of the Granicus. A large