Glory and Coverings
Last updated on 2020-08-25
About the Book
This book dives into 1 Corinthians 11, arguing that it still applies to us today.
Many people object to this interpretation, so much of the book examines and responds to specific objections.
The end of the book investigates the historic church's approach to head coverings.
If you want to obey God's law in worship, this book gives you arguments to work with.
- In a nutshell, what is the teaching on coverings?
- Are these teachings only for public worship? Yes.
1. Exegesis of the Passage
- 1 Corinthians 11:1 Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.
- 1 Corinthians 11:2 Now I praise you, brethren, that you remember me in all things and keep the traditions just as I delivered them to you.
- 1 Corinthians 11:3 But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.
- 1 Corinthians 11:4 Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonors his head.
- 1 Corinthians 11:5 But every woman who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, for that is one and the same as if her head were shaved.
- 1 Corinthians 11:6 For if a woman is not covered, let her also be shorn. But if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, let her be covered.
- 1 Corinthians 11:7 For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God; but woman is the glory of man.
- 1 Corinthians 11:8 For man is not from woman, but woman from man.
- 1 Corinthians 11:9 Nor was man created for the woman, but woman for the man.
- 1 Corinthians 11:10 For this reason the woman ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.
- 1 Corinthians 11:11 Nevertheless, neither is man independent of woman, nor woman independent of man, in the Lord.
- 1 Corinthians 11:12 For as woman came from man, even so man also comes through woman; but all things are from God.
- 1 Corinthians 11:13 Judge among yourselves. Is it proper for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?
- 1 Corinthians 11:14 Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him?
- 1 Corinthians 11:15 But if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her; for her hair is given to her for a covering.
- 1 Corinthians 11:16 But if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God.
2. Common Objections Answered
- Objection #1 – “The commands for long hair and a head covering are culturally relative and time bounded issues.”
- Objection #2 – “The passage only calls for long hair. It does not mandate a head covering.”
- Objection #3 – “If what is symbolized is honored, it doesn’t matter what sign we use.”
- Objection #4 – “This interpretation contradicts the law of the Nazarite and the fact that the high priest wore a head covering when he went into the holy place.”
- Objection #5 – “The head covering was only to be worn while praying or prophesying (v. 4) and since these supernatural gifts of ecstatic prayer and prophesying have passed away, women no longer need to wear head coverings or wear long hair.”
- Objection #6 – “This should just be an issue of individual conviction, not of church polity.”
- Objection #7 – “These instructions were only written to the Corinthian church and were not being imposed on other churches (cf. verse 16 ‘no such custom, nor do the churches of God’).”
- Objection #8 – “If Paul was mandating that men not be covered, then he would have run into conflict with Jewish men in the synagogues since Jewish men always wore a head covering in the synagogue.”
Appendix A: How Did the Early Church Interpret Paul?
- Church Fathers
- Catacomb Art
Appendix B: “Five Myths About Corinthian Headwear”
- The Headdress of Greek Women in Illustrations
- The Headdress of Roman Women in Illustrations
- About the Author
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