1 Corinthians 11

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In the eleventh chapter of the First Epistle to the Corinthians, Paul of Tarsus writes on the conduct of Christians while worshiping together.

Vv 2-16 the Woman's Headcovering

Verses 2-16 have been the source of much confusion for interpreters. In particular, problems come from the rhetorical question that nature teaches it is a shame for a man to have long hair and telling women to cover their heads on account of the angels. Interpretations tend to fall into three informal categories.

Universal view

A minority of current Christians apply the passage universally. In this view, women should cover their heads and men should keep their hair short. As evidence they point to Paul's appeals to arguments that do not change with time, the creation of Adam and Eve, the angels, and Nature itself. Because Paul's arguments do not change, his conclusion should not change either. Therefore, these Christians cover their heads. Some cover only in church or while praying; others cover their heads all the time.

Contemporary view

The majority of Christians interpret the passage as a cultural mandate that expires as the culture expired. Thus woman should no longer cover their heads. Some believe the universal principle of the passage is that women should show a sign of submission to their husbands while others disagree.

Several interpretations are taken on Nature teaching showing long hair is a covering for woman. The New International Version translates "the nature of things"...
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