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    A Study of 1 Corinthians 11 &
The Christian Use of Headcoverings

The Apostle Paul:
"A man should not have his head covered, since he is the image and glory of God. But the woman is the glory of the man...  For this reason a woman should have a symbol of authority on her head."
- 1 Corinthians 11


Have you ever wondered why Christian women, just two or three generations ago, often wore some type of covering on their heads while in church? -- And why men always took off their hats when it was time to pray?

In 1 Corinthians 11, the Apostle Paul provides important instructions about two symbolic practices within Christianity. The most well-known of these practices is the Lord's Supper, found in the second half of the chapter. 

However, in the first half of the same chapter, Paul teaches about the relationships between God and His people. He explains that these relationships -- and the glory of the Lord -- are symbolically represented when men and women cover (or uncover) their heads during times of prayer. 

God uses Scripture to provide His good direction in the lives of His people -- but how should believers today respond to this passage? In other words, what are the interpretive issues that must be resolved in order to gain a well-grounded understanding of the Christian headcovering practice that Paul describes?

"Covered Glory" is a resource to navigate these questions by considering the relevant details of both the New Testament passage and First Century Corinthian culture.  The book "Headcovering Throughout Christian History" contains the most comprehensive research currently available on the topic. Carefully referenced quotations allow you to hear from well over 50 theologians, pastors, and other Christian writers throughout Church history.

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