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I Corinthians 11:6 For if a woman does not cover her head, let her also have her hair cut off ; but if it is disgraceful for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, let her cover her head.

Here again we see how covering and short hair must be different. The first sentence would make no sense if both sides of the comparison were about short hair. Paul is saying that if it is a disgrace for a woman to have no hair or short hair than let her cover her hair. This is a literary device and perhaps even a bit of logic. Paul is using something that is common and understood like the idea that women with short or no hair were disgraced and saying that going uncovered before the Lord is the same thing. Now we can argue that it is no longer a disgrace for a woman to have short hair therefore she should not have to cover, but it doesn’t work that way. Paul’s overall point is that women should veil/cover their heads in prayer or while prophesying. He uses common ideas of the time to prove this point…Like if it would be wrong for a woman to preach in her bikini than she should also cover her head. The point doesn’t change just how he is trying to show/prove it to Believers at Corinth.

I Corinthians 11:7 For a man ought not to have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God ; but the woman is the glory of man.

Here we have another tough verse in light of what we know of the times. Jewish men prayed with their heads covered. The priests prayed and served in the Temple with their heads covered. Can we find out more through this verse that will reconcile the two thoughts? The Greek reflects that the same words for head and cover are again used here. The word for cover is used no where else in the New Testament. Some have supposed this word cover which is defined in the dictionary as veiled means a woman’s veil and that is why the men are warned against it. Is there history to support this? After a brief search I have not found any historical proof to this claim. Again I am back to Paul could not have been calling the Torah wrong so he must have been discussing something different…I’m thinking perhaps veils like women or like pagan priests wore in religious ceremonies. But I still don’t know.

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