31: Authority over her own damn head (1 Corinthians 11:2-16)


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Part 2 in a series on gender and the Bible. Nate and Tim discuss the first of six key New Testament passages pertaining to gender that have traditionally been used to support male authority. What is Paul really getting at about women covering their heads? Does “the head of the woman is man” really mean men are supposed to be in charge? Who gets authority over women’s bodies? And what in the world do angels have to do with any of this? All this and more as Nate and Tim take a closer look and show how most of us were taught that Paul was saying the exact opposite of what he really meant.

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Hosts: Nate Hanson / Tim Ritter

Music: Cale Haugen


  • Paul and Gender: Reclaiming the Apostle's Vision for Men and Women in Christ by Cynthia Long Westfall (Go get this book!)
  • Troy W. Martin, “Paul’s Argument from Nature for the Veil in 1 Corinthians 11:13-15: A Testicle Instead of a Head Covering,” originally published in the Journal of Biblical Literature (Spring 2004). It is available for a fee on all sorts of online research databases, but I found free access to the article on a random personal website. You can also listen to a podcast summary of the article on Mike Heiser’s Naked Bible podcast, Episode 86.

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