What does the Bible say about a man marrying an older woman? Is it acceptable?
The Bible places no requirements for age on marriage. Since the Bible is silent on this concern, all believers have liberty in this area. Any man may marry any woman of any age so long as both are old enough to enter into marriage (by law and custom) and both have consented to the marriage.
Some cultures hold that women may not marry younger men, but this is not God's requirement nor is it found in scripture. This is a man-made cultural requirement only. Some even misuse and misinterpret scripture to mislead both men and women on this issue. For example, some teach that since Adam was created first then the man in every marriage must always be older than his wife, but this is not proper interpretation of scripture.
The Bible never suggests that because Adam was created first that the man in every marriage should be older. This is a ridiculous and illogical conclusion. If we hold that our marriages must mimic Adam and Woman's marriage in every respect, then by the same logic we must could conclude that a man should only marry a woman created from his own rib! Clearly, this is faulty logic.
Proper interpretation of scripture must distinguish between prescription and description. The creation story of Man and Woman is descriptive. It describes how these two came into being, however this story is not prescriptive. It does not prescribe how all marriages will begin. Certainly, not all marriages begin with a woman being formed from the rib of a man!
Proper interpretation of scripture is essential if we hope to understand it properly.