"Because of the Angels": Head Coverings and Women in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 and 14:34,35

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About the author:
Mark Mattison is a writer, independent scholar, and aspiring mystic. His passions in biblical theology include the third quest for the historical Jesus, the new perspective on Paul, and feminist, liberationist, and postcolonial readings of Scripture. He is co-General Editor of the Divine Feminine Version of the New Testament and a mainline Protestant who resides in West Michigan with his wife, son, and cat.

"Because of the Angels": Head Coverings and Women in 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 and 14:34,35
 

Authored by Mark Mattison

Did Paul really write that "women ... aren't allowed to speak" in church? Did he really think that women should cover their heads in church because "the head of the woman is man," and "because of the angels" -- whatever that's supposed to mean?

Or is it possible that these verses were only later added to Paul's letter to the Corinthians to make it look like he thought that?

What if these weren't Paul's own beliefs, but those of some rivals among the Corinthians who thought that men are superior to women? Could Paul actually have been arguing against those beliefs?

That puzzling little phrase "because of the angels" may provide an important key to unlocking these questions.


Publication Date:
2012-08-06
ISBN/EAN13:
1478369604 / 9781478369608
Page Count:
34
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Language:
English
Color:
Black and White
Related Categories:
Religion / Christian Theology / Ecclesiology




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