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Q&A#69 1 Corinthians 14 and Women's Silence in Church

Alastair Roberts

Q&A#69 1 Corinthians 14 and Women's Silence in Church

October 12, 2018
Alastair Roberts
Alastair Roberts

Today's question: "I have a friend who is from a non-religious background who is interested in Christianity and is reading the bible for the first time. She asked me to explain 1 Corinthians 14:33b-35. "As in all the churches of the saints, the women should keep silent in the churches. For they are not permitted to speak, but should be in submission, as the Law also says. If there is anything they desire to learn, let them ask their husbands at home. For it is shameful for a woman to speak in church." She said, "I don't know how to make sense of that." I'm also curious (and unsure) about that passage as "keep silent", or it being "shameful for a women to speak in church" and needing to only ask questions of their own husbands goes far beyond men only as elders, teaching or having authority. As I type this I wonder if I should only ask my own husband about this. ;) We have five daughters, three of them are young adults now, believers with a high view of scripture, and they also wonder about this verse. We've had a lot of discussions about this in our home, and we are curious about your views."

I mention Kirk MacGregor's article as a reading of these verses (a reading I disagree with): https://www.cbeinternational.org/resources/article/priscilla-papers/1-corinthians-1433b-38-pauline-quotation-refutation-device.

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