An Alternative Interpretation of 1Corinthians 11:2-16
Thomas Schirrmacher argues that from the biblical teaching that man is the head of woman (1 Cor 11:3) the Corinthians had drawn the false conclusions that in prayer a woman must be veiled (11:4-6) and a man is forbidden to be veiled (11:7), and that the wife exists for the husband but not the husband for the wife (11:8-9).
Paul, however, rejected these conclusions and showed in 11:10-16 why the veiling of women did not belong to God’s commandments binding upon all the Christian communities. After stating the thesis and presenting his alternative translation and exposition of 1 Cor 11:2-16, he considers the difficulties in the text, presents his alternative exposition in detail (in the form of thirteen theses), discusses quotations and irony in 1 Corinthians, and deals with other NT texts about women’s clothing and prayer and about the subordination of wives. [New Testament Abstracts 39 (1995) 1:154]
- Thomas Schirrmacher. Paul in Conflict with the Veil: An Alternative Interpretation of 1Corinthians 11:2-16. VTR: Nürnberg, 20072. 136 pp. ISBN 978-3-933372-45-1.