Scripture begins with the creation of man and woman in God’s image and likeness (Gen 1:26-27), and concludes with a vision of the consummation of salvation history—as “the wedding feast of the Lamb” (Rev 19:7-9). Indeed, the primordial form in which humanity bears God’s “image and likeness” is the marital covenant. What is the meaning of “covenant” in Scripture? How does it differ from a contract? By exploring the divine institution of marriage—”in the beginning”—as a covenant, we discover profound and practical insights into the social and spiritual dimensions of God’s saving plan for the human family.