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  • Jason Althoff

    August 25, 2020 at 1:17 pm

    1 Corinthians 11:15

    “But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for [her] hair is given her for a covering [G4018].”

    “Covering” (Strong’s G4018) = 1) a covering thrown around, A) a wrapper, B) a mantle; veilπεριβόλαιον peribólaion, per-ib-ol’-ah-yon; neuter of a presumed derivative of G4016; something thrown around one, i.e. a mantle, veil:—covering, vesture.

    This was not covered in detail during the course other than I believe Finny states that “Paul uses a different word here than he uses anywhere else”. Which is significant, yet was not explored fully. An exhaustive treatment would need to cover this aspect.

    As can be see from the definitions, the point of the verse is not that the hair itself can serve as a covering, as the hair does not itself by its nature (worn down) suffice as a head covering. The point is that the hair is given as covering when it is “thrown around” and “wrapped” on top of the head (more grammar can be shown to this effect).

    In this view, all verses on the topic can be harmonized, including verse 14 concerning how it is possible that long hair for a man can be a shame to him. If the man “throws around” and uses the hair as a “wrapping” (when praying and prophesying), this to him is a shame. Why? Because that arrangement is considered a head covering, and man is not to wear one during these activities.

    Disclaimer: This is not a response negating an external fabric head covering. Those certainly suffice also, but those do nothing to negate the use of the hair as a sufficient head covering when arranged as such.

    Note: Consider any situation where an external head covering is not available where one might be needed or desired. God has provided her all she needs to be able to accommodate the honoring of her headship and Christ.

    To the Question: What are Finny’s thoughts concerning this Greek term, the use of the hair for a head covering (women), and not usIng the hair for a head covering (men).