In my pilgrimage through this Christian life, I have attended a number of denominational churches, some of which adherer to the practice of a head covering of the ladies heads.
The passage referred to by my brethren friends is found in 1 Corinthians 11:13-15.
Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered? Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him, but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering. – 1Co 11:13-15 ESV
Many times I discussed this topic with a good friend who believed it’s modern application, and though I never fully understood both sides of the argument, I did seek to come to a settled conscience.
Of course, their were distractions, such as the couple who strictly followed this practice, but when out of the church meeting, it was obvious who was the head! Or when a fellow believer could not worship since I was not leading my wife into submission by forcing her to wear a covering.
But as I said, these were distractions, and not a basis upon which to understand the text. Eventually we moved from the town we were in, settled in Texas, and the issue faded away since we no longer attended this type of church.
Fast forward over 20 years, and as I was driving home from work on a Tuesday afternoon, lo and behold, I tripped over a podcast call “The Naked Bible” by Dr. Micheal Heiser. The podcast intrigued me since I understand our modern thinking is not what the prophets and apostles were speaking to, and if I can understand the audience the Bible writers were speaking to, I might find better understanding for myself. This is Dr. Heisers intent. And this is where the podcast on 1 Corinthians 11:13-15 gave me some clarity.
Dr. Heiser’s message speaks of the 1st century’s Greco-Roman’s understanding of a persons hair in relation to reproductive activity. It is an amazing study of which I am thankful to have found. Note that the material in this podcast is sexual in content and it may be wise to restrict it to times when no children are present.
The relevant information begins about 10 mins in, and although the discussion is close to an hour long, I found it to be very illuminating.
Let me know if you listen and of your thoughts. Perfect for a listen as you travel on your way to or from work.
Thanks again for coming to visit. I hope you found something of interest in this post and would appreciate a comment, to begin a discussion.
5 thoughts on “Let Me Tell You a Story – Head Coverings”
Very interesting. As regards periballó and testicles the link is clear. Literally it is a pair of balls, what might be consider vulgar language but merely a common usage. This is why scripture says let him who has ears to hear, let him hear.
Listen to the sounds of the words and one arrives at the answers. Thus it is with all of scripture. I’m unable to listen further at the moment, but well worth posting so thanks again.
By the way Alberio lp is an anagram of periballó. Alberio are a pair of stars according to Wikipedia. The two are not quite a close double. Mmm…I must go and check myself out!
Very interesting. Happy it was instructive.
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That podcast discussion of hair cracked me up! I wonder how they would have explained Samson, with his long hair! Thanks for sharing that.
God bless you.
Good point about Samson but that was a different culture and a very different time.
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