Pursuing Partnership: New Light on Timeless Texts – Week 19

1 Cor 11:5 – Who were the women with shaved heads?

Wall Fragment with Two Women; Unknown; A.D. 1–75; Fresco

By Wendy Wilson, Missio Nexus, Mission Advisor for Development of Women

This article is part of the series Pursuing Partnership: Men and Women in Ministry.

1 Cor 11:5 – Who were the women with shaved heads?

A note from Wendy Wilson, MissioNexus, Mission Advisor for Development of Women:

This passage in 1 Corinthians 11 has perplexed readers and students of the Bible for centuries. Somehow the original hearers knew just what Paul was talking about, but it’s so far from our practice today that we scratch our heads trying to figure out what he’s talking about! Recent discoveries are shedding more light . . .

The link to the blog article is below . . .but here is an excerpt from “1 Cor 11:5 – Who were the women with shaved heads?”:

“The past fifty years at Pompeii have uncovered an enormous amount of social data that helps us understand New Testament backgrounds. Because the city was buried relatively instantly in A.D. 79, everything was preserved like a time capsule in the same era in which some of the New Testament was written.”

Read the whole article:  1 Cor 11:5 – Who were the women with shaved heads?

Be sure to enjoy the recording of Dr Glahn’s recent Missio Nexus webinar on new understandings about 1st century biblical culture that assist us in interpreting confusing texts:

The Cost of Missing Half the Church: Let’s not Fear a Re-look


Dr. Sandra Glahn is Professor of Media Arts and Worship at Dallas Theological Seminary. She is an author, co-author, or general editor of more than twenty books including Vindicating the Vixens: Revisiting Sexualized, Vilified, and Marginalized Women of the Bible. Learn more about her at her website: aspire2.com.

This article is submitted by Wendy Wilson of Missio Nexus and of Women’s Development Track.  Women’s Development Track is a Missio Nexus member.  Member organizations can provide content to the Missio Nexus website. See how by clicking here.

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