This thread was recently inspired by a podcast I listened to by DR. Michael Heiser on the subject of the head covering in 1st Corinthians 11:13-15 .
" 1Co 11:13 Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?
1Co 11:14 Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?
1Co 11:15 But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.
Studying this subject is not quiet as simple as it should be and may be why we see the differing opinions offered in the different churches . As far
as I know ,I have never heard a reasonable explanation ,that was until I listened to Heisers talk . It is one of the craziest and most bizarre
things I had ever heard and one that makes the most sense .
To add to the ambiguity of the subject we get these prior verses "1Co 11:5 But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered
dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.
1Co 11:6 For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.
Dr. Heiser emphasises the importance of context and getting into both the authors heads and the people of their time .Remember that the books of the
Bible were written for us today but were not written to us .Its easy to see that lots of ancient cultures viewed the earth as being flat and with a
dome over it .Times have changed sinse then and people look at it differently today . But if the we were to imagine the earth as being flat then what
might it look like ?
Fortunately we have a few flat earth models to choose from and some of them are better than others to picture in our mind . Its True that they may
all be not true but they could actually be beneficial to getting into the ancient's mind set .
So let's look at where we get our world views and how world views may change over time and how ancient text is left in the context of its time but we
are not .
Aristotle 384–322 BC , Greek doctor Archagathus in 219 BC Aelius Galenus or Claudius Galenus He became an expert on the human anatomy from
dissecting animals, including monkeys in Greece. en.wikipedia.org...
and Hippocrates of Kos 460 – c. 370 BC were giants of
their day and had much influence on society at the time and for many students of which was to come .
Roman medicine was highly influenced by the Greek medical tradition. Similar to Greek physicians, Roman physicians relied on naturalistic
observations to heal the sick rather than spiritual rituals, but that does not imply an absence of spiritual belief.
There is an ancient description of a doctor conducting a simple test to see if or what may be the problem with a woman not being able to get pregnant
.The test is quite simple in that a scented vaginal suppository is put in place and the next day the good doctor is required to smell the woman's
breath .The reason for this is because at the time they believed that there were tubes running from the vagina up to the brain and that the brain
played a very important roll in getting pregnant .
But the hair was also very important .It was believed that the hair was hollow and actually created a vacuum that helped draw the sperm up to the
brain . I hear you laughing lol :>) I was busting a gut myself . .Because of this belief at the time the hair was considered genitalia .And so
displaying your genitalia in the open and especially when in public prayer was considered lewd .
Now before we jump on the stupid Christians for such a belief at the time we also have to consider the source for that belief as well in sharing the
ridicule . We might also want to blame the God of the Bible for not creating a scientific document but if we do that then we would not have any sense
of wonder and challenge to discover things for our selves .There would be no need to study and research and ponder about the unknown . Man has a
large brain that marks him out as being different from other animals .Man has better adaptive skills because he has a higher capacity to think and
This is the link to the podcast . www.nakedbiblepodcast.com...
Dr. Heiiser can provide the links to the original papers that he got this take on
the head covering . I have not checked the sources out myself but trust the good doctor and am willing to throw my hat behind him :>)