Session 13 Preparation Questions - Wives, Women and Propriety in Worship
Read I Corinthians 11:2 16. Review I Corinthians 10:14 14:40
to provide a framework for studying this passage. Think about the command from
Paul that women keep their heads covered during the worship service from the
perspective of the following questions. Is this command applicable today? If
so, why? If not, on what basis do we determine that women should not keep their
heads covered during worship? Consider the following additional questions.
- As we have considered previously the meanings of the Greek words aner and
gyne do you think the context of this passage suggests Paul is writing about
men and women or husbands and wives?
- Why does Paul call the Corinthians to hold to the teachings
(or traditions) in 11:2?
- Women (wives) were disrupting the assembly in Corinth. In what way were
they disrupting the assembly based upon 11:2 16?
- Can you find a passage in I Corinthians 10 which summarizes Pauls
message in chapters 11 14?
- What do you think Paul meant by cover her head? Is he describing
a veil, a particular style of hair, a shawl or more than one factor?
- To what do you believe Paul is referring when he suggests the woman who
does not cover her head should have her hair cut off in v. 6?
- Why does Paul insist that men pray with their heads uncovered? Was this
typical for Jewish men during New Testament times? Was it typical for Greek
- Do you believe that both men and women were praying and prophesying openly
during the worship services in Corinth? Do you believe that open praying and
prophesying by women is appropriate for women in the church today? If so,
why? If not, why not?
- Review Session 6 during which we discussed the reference Paul makes to
the created order. What do you believe is meant by the man being head of the
woman (11:3)? How does this relate to head coverings?
- How do verses 11 and 12 connect with Pauls message in verses 2
- What point is Paul making when, in v. 10, he writes because of the