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What is Meant by 1 Corinthians 11 “Head Coverings” Passage?

When visiting Corinth, you’ll see a a huge hill that is the great acropolis. Historically, there were 1000 temple prostitutes that lived on that hill when the apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Corinthians. At night in this evil city, they would come down and be looking for worshipers, a form of paganism. They would have bald heads that would distinguish them.

In the 1 Corinthians 11 head coverings passage, Paul says that women should cover their hair. This is because when these temple prostitutes were converting to Christianity and then coming into the church, they wouldn’t be identified by their bald heads as a former prostitute because all the other women also covered their heads. It was disgraceful to have a shaven head in the time of Paul in Corinth.

For if a woman does not cover her head, she might as well have her hair cut off; but if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, then she should cover her head. -1 Corinthians 6:11

When they left prostitution, they were required to be purchased out of temple prostitution. We don’t know who paid that price, but some speculated about a rich man spoken about in the Gospels, named Erastus. They actually have found an inscription in Corinth that says, “this is Erastus and I paid for this pavement with my own money.” He was also someone who financially supported Paul and Luke. Watch Frank Turek on site in Erastus at the site of this ancient inscription that supports the account of the Word.

Frank Turek’s teaching with a past group in Corinth. Get a feel for what it’s like today in this historically rich city from the Bible. Frank Turek will be taking a small group to the Holy Land in 2016!

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