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Keys to First CorinthiansRevisiting the Major Issues$
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Jerome Murphy-O'Connor

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199564156

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199564156.001.0001

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1 Corinthians 11:2–16 Once Again

1 Corinthians 11:2–16 Once Again

(p.159) 11 1 Corinthians 11:2–16 Once Again
Keys to First Corinthians

Jerome Murphy‐O'Connor

Oxford University Press

This chapter responds to J. Delobel's critique of the thesis developed in ch. 10. His objections and positive observations prompted the clarification and simplification of a number of important points. He showed convincingly that v. 10 can only be translated ‘a woman must exercise control over her head’, i.e. must dress her hair properly. Given the subjectivity of the interpretations of ‘because of the angels’ based on the assumption that they are heavenly beings, it is suggested that Paul has in mind human ‘messengers’ from other churches. The Postscript devotes particular attention to the pros and cons of the proposed meanings of kephalê ‘head,’ ‘ruler,’ ‘source,’ and ‘person’ in various contexts in this passage, while also dealing in detail with the archaeological and literary evidence for sartorial customs in Corinth.

Keywords:   1 Cor 11: 2–16, Delobel, hairstyle, angel, kephalê, head, ruler, source, person, archaeology

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