Headship and Head-Covering: Interpreting 1 Corinthians 11 in the 21st Century

In this course, Finny Kuruvilla carefully exegetes the biblical text and shows how Christians have understood this passage historically. Kuruvilla concludes by offering practical advice on how Christians should apply Paul's instruction in the modern world.

Finny Kuruvilla · May 27, 2020
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Paul’s instructions on the headship order clashes with modern ideas of women’s liberation. This clash of ideas has created controversy among Christians. Many modern interpreters argue that this was a cultural practice for first-century Corinth or that it should be interpreted spiritually with no practical expression. In this course, Finny Kuruvilla carefully exegetes the biblical text and shows how Christians have understood this passage historically. Kuruvilla concludes by offering practical advice on how Christians should apply Paul’s instruction in the modern world.

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Finny Kuruvilla

About me My wife Laura, our six sons, daughter, and I live in the Boston, Massachusetts area. I work with a group called Eventide in socially responsible and values-based investing. In addition, I am the founder and a current board member of Sattler College, a Christian college located in downtown Boston. Education I completed a combined MD-PhD program at Harvard Medical School in 2003 (HST Society and the MSTP fellowship). I did my PhD in Harvard's Department of Chemistry & Chemical Biology with Stuart Schreiber. After my MD-PhD, I did my residency and fellowship at the Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. Next I worked at the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT in Medical & Population Genetics where I did research with David Altshuler and Mark Daly. Because of an interest in signals and systems theory, I did a Masters at MIT with George Verghese who is in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In 1995 I completed my undergraduate studies at Caltech where I majored in chemistry. My research advisors were John Abelson and Peter Dervan. Religion I have been a practicing Christian for many years. I fellowship with a church called Followers of the Way. I have a keen interest in biblical interpretation and church history, for the purpose of fostering a strong and vibrant church today. My interests also include ante-Nicene Christianity, Reformation and Anabaptist history, and the Great Awakenings of the eighteenth and nineteenth century.

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