Growing up, 1 Corinthians 11 was a much-disputed passage. On one hand I grew up in an organization that advocated women veiling their heads, while we fellowshipped with another organization that believe this passage was not in reference to a hair covering, rather that a woman should not cut her hair. I decided to research and do some study on my own on the matter. With that preface, this article is a simplified breakdown of 1 Corinthians 11 with much care taken to the context of what Paul was saying and why he was writing to the church of Corinth.
A Woman Shorn: The Disruptive History of the Female Shaved Head
Is It Wrong For A Woman To Cut Her Hair - Talking About Jesus
This article was first published on Broadly. A woman's hair has long been regarded as the key to her femininity and a potent symbol of her sexuality. Whether kept long, short, natural, braided, or dyed, a massive amount of emphasis is placed on a woman's hair. Because of this, the image of a shaved head signifies a certain defeminization and is still a look with the power to shock. A bald head is a look as ancient as history itself, from Ptolemaic beauty regimens to Hindu funereal traditions. The symbol of a shaved head has signified devotion, rebellion, and even sometimes, a sign of a mental break. Women have shaved their heads out of convenience, to stay clean, and as an act of repentance.
Stock Photo - young man in a barber shaved shorn
Copyright by Lois Gibson Much of the argument over whether there is a biblical command against a woman cutting her hair revolves around the words 'shorn' and 'shaven' as found in I Corinthians ,6: "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. 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. They were not asking if it was wrong for a woman to cut her hair or a man to grow long hair.
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