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Should Single Women Wear Head Coverings?

Should Single Women Wear Head Coverings?

In 1 Corinthians 11, Paul instructs women that they are to wear a head covering when “praying or prophesying”. The Greek word behind “woman” is “gynē” and it can be translated as “woman” or “wife” depending on the context. While almost all English versions of the Bible 1) Examples include the NIV, NASB, KJV, NKJV, HCSB and NET versions translate gynē as “woman” in verses 2-16, the popular ESV version 2) The RSV also advocates this view by translating 1 Cor 11:3 as ‘the head of a woman is her husband' differs by translating some of the references as “wife”. This has led many to wonder if head covering is only applicable for those that are married. Behind the ESV’s translation decision, is an assumption that a woman wearing a head covering was a 1st century Roman symbol of being a matron (respectable married woman). It is our objective in this article to prove that Paul’s teaching on head covering is for all men and women, regardless of their marital status. Read more


 Examples include the NIV, NASB, KJV, NKJV, HCSB and NET versions
 The RSV also advocates this view by translating 1 Cor 11:3 as ‘the head of a woman is her husband'

Head Coverings: Personal Thoughts (Video)

A little less than two weeks ago we posted this great sermon by Carlton McLeod on 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. Today he recorded a follow-up video for his congregation, sharing some pastoral thoughts, counsel and concern. We’d like to encourage you all to watch it as well.

Watchman Nee Quote Image #3

Watchman Nee Quote Image #3

Source: Watchman Nee – Love One Another (Christian Fellowship Publishers, 1975) Page 79

Covering the Web: May 22/14

Covering The Web

Shining a spotlight on the head covering discussion happening worldwide.

  • Graduation, Flash Mob Praise, & Head Coverings (Jesus, My Bible & I)
    “Also about two weeks ago, my Bishop preached on 1 Corinthians 11:2-16. Yep, the passage about head coverings…Since that message (two Sundays later) my mother, sister and I have been covering our heads, so that we can obey God’s Word.”
  • Free Online Headcovering Femininity Magazine… (With Propriety)
    “Did you know there is a beautiful Christian bi-monthly color magazine that features headcovering girls? I didn’t either and I’m in love!”
  • Part 3(A): Modesty, Head Coverings, & Skirts…Oh MY!!! (Saavy Homemaking)
    “In order to cover this as accurately and clearly as possible I think it prudent to go through this section pretty much line-by-line (hence the two part Part 3 of the series)…” Parts 3A and 3B in this series deal with head coverings. You can view the second part (3B) here.
  • Biblical Position on Hair and Hair Length | Covenanter Pamphlets (YouTube)
    A video promoting an old pamphlet that defends biblical head covering and hair lengths. You can also find this pamphlet online for free (not their version) here.
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Head Coverings | History, Context, and Exegesis (Sermon)

Preacher: Dr. Carlton C. McLeod | Sermon Length: 1 hr 8 min | Year preached: May 2014


Dr. McLeod is a native of Columbia, SC and grew up in Upper Marlboro, MD. In 1987, he enlisted in the United States Navy and reached the rank of O-3 before the Lord called him into full-time ministry. In 1997, Dr. McLeod and his wife Donna established Calvary Revival Church Chesapeake. Dr. McLeod is relentless in his pursuit to compassionately teach with a biblical worldview. After spending his early years in ministry attempting to pull young people out of the kingdom of darkness with all the world’s methods, the Lord led Dr. McLeod back to the Bible to see the critical need for constant, fervent, and Spirit led biblical family discipleship. The D6 Reformation was created out of this desire. Dr. McLeod earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Science from Hampton University; a Master of Theology and Doctor of Ministry from Andersonville Theological Seminary. He and his wife Donna have been married since 1992 and they have two beautiful daughters, Dori and Aryanna and a son, Jonathan.

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A Critique of Bruce Winter’s “Roman Wives, Roman Widows” (Part 1)

A Response to Bruce Winter Regarding Head Covering

In ‘Roman Wives, Roman Widows‘ Bruce Winter makes a case that the covering that Paul mentions in 1 Corinthians 11 is a “marriage veil” which was worn by all faithful, married, Roman women. Those who cast it off were “replicating the attitude and action of ‘new’ wives” 1) Bruce Winter – Roman Wives, Roman Widows (Eerdmans, 2003) Page 77  whose “social life was reported to have been pursued at the expense of family responsibilities”. 2) Bruce Winter – Roman Wives, Roman Widows (Eerdmans, 2003) Page 5  These women would also often have “illicit liaisons that defied the previously accepted norms of marriage fidelity and chastity”. 3) Bruce Winter – Roman Wives, Roman Widows (Eerdmans, 2003) Page 5 So Winter defines the head covering as “the symbol of the modesty and chastity expected of a married woman.” 4) Bruce Winter – Roman Wives, Roman Widows (Eerdmans, 2003) Page 80″  This is the cultural view of head covering that he subscribes to, but what sets his work apart from others is the substantial amount of evidence for each of his points. Though we’ve already given our thoughts on the cultural view we’d like to interact more specifically with the points he makes and the evidence he gives to support them.

One of Winter’s points is to convey how it would be perceived if a 1st century Roman woman removed her ‘marriage veil’ in public. His premise is that, “As the veil symbolised the husband’s authority over his wife, the omission of the veil by a married woman was a sign of her “withdrawing” herself from the marriage.” 5) Bruce Winter – Roman Wives, Roman Widows (Eerdmans, 2003) Page 81  It is our objective to focus on this specific point and show that the evidence that is cited for such a claim is found wanting. Read more


 Bruce Winter – Roman Wives, Roman Widows (Eerdmans, 2003) Page 77
 Bruce Winter – Roman Wives, Roman Widows (Eerdmans, 2003) Page 5
 Bruce Winter – Roman Wives, Roman Widows (Eerdmans, 2003) Page 5
 Bruce Winter – Roman Wives, Roman Widows (Eerdmans, 2003) Page 80″
 Bruce Winter – Roman Wives, Roman Widows (Eerdmans, 2003) Page 81

Covering Testimony: April Cassidy

Head Covering Testimonies
Name: April CassidyAge: 41Location: South Carolina, USAStarted Covering: Mar 2010

Covering Testimony: April Cassidy

1) Introduce yourself to our readers.

Hello, my name is April Cassidy. I am a very happily married wife and mother of 2 children, a part time pharmacist, a blogger at www.peacefulwife.com and an aspiring author. I accepted Christ as my Savior and Lord when I was 5 years old, when my Daddy led me to Christ.

2) Where do you attend church? Tell us a little bit about it.

We attend First Baptist Church of Columbia, SC. It is a LARGE church with an average attendance of over 2000 people. Our pastor seeks to teach from a very biblical perspective and uphold the Word of God. We have incredible diversity there. It is a downtown church, so we have people from all over the city and suburbs who worship with us. We also have a Burmese church, a Hispanic church, a special ed ministry, a deaf ministry, a ministry for the homeless, as well as strong ministries for every age group. We have been members there for 8 years now. Before that, we attended a Southern Baptist church in our town where my husband’s father was the pastor for 21 years. Read more

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