Dating vs courting
1 Jn -17 states, "Do not love the world or the things in the world.
If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
It was built on the premise of family introductions, and the focus was on the father's role in establishing a new family, hence the question in the marriage ceremony, "Who gives this woman away?
It happens before the couple becomes engaged or married and is usually meant to describe when a man is attempting to woo a woman, with marriage as the end goal.
Dating has a more informal connotation and implies that the couple is not necessarily exclusive.
All that is unknown is its degree, or the speed of its intensification. Without her father's protection, she alone must determine the degree of sexual intimacy, and that in the heat of the moment.
Furthermore, there is no commitment beyond the next date; relationships (and thus marriage) are initiated out of a romantic attraction.