Session 14 Preparation Questions - Women and Silence during the Assembly.
Read I Corinthians 14:34, 35. Read I Corinthians 14 entirely to provide a context
for this Session. Consider the following questions.
- Many have commented that I Corinthians 14:34, 35 seems out of place in
the context of the remainder of the chapter. What do you think?
- In I Corinthians 14:26 is Paul speaking of how things should be or how
things actually are in the Corinthians church?
- How would you describe the problem, as Paul describes it in I Corinthians
14, which leads up to Pauls injunction regarding women in 14:34, 35?
- The Greek words aner and gyne are once again used in this passage. Is Paul
speaking of men and women or husbands and wives?
- Is the concept of silence initially discussed in I Corinthians 14 in relation
- How do you reconcile Pauls injunction against women speaking with
I Corinthians 11:5?
- Would a prophecy spoken by a woman during a worship service or other public
assembly during New Testament times have been considered usurping authority
from men? If so, why? If not, why not?
- To what Law is Paul referring in 14:34?
- If Christ is the end of the Law (Romans 10:4), how do you interpret Pauls
referral to the Law?
- The Greek work laleo, which is translated speak in 14:34, is
also used in 14:28. Does this influence your interpretation of 14:34, 35?
- What do you think Paul means when he instructs the women to keep
silent? Does he mean not to open their mouths at all in the churches?
- Do you believe that Paul is addressing a specific heresy in this passage
(as he may be addressing in I Timothy 2:8 15?