Men’s Hair

 1 Corinthians 11:14  Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

 David Lee Roth of the rock group Van Halen (who has songs like "Running with the Devil") says his long hair "is a flag" and "anti-establishment". In other words — REBELLION:        "[his long hair] It's a flag. It's Tarzan. I'll always be anti-establishment". (USA Today)

 But didn’t Jesus have long hair?

 The paintings of Christ are simply artists' conceptions and have no Scriptural authorization. At least one historian of Jesus’ day described him as being a tall man with short chestnut-colored hair, parted in the middle.

 The oldest representations (going back to the first Christian century, found chiefly in the catacombs of Rome) all pictured Him without a beard. All the pictures of Christ down to the beginning of the first century and even later are of this kind. Students of the first century and of Roman history are aware of the fact that the time of Christ was characterized by short hair for men.

 Feb. 24, 2004, Associated Press article reports: "'Jesus didn't have long hair,' said physical anthropologist Joe Zias, who has studied hundreds of skeletons found in archaeological digs in Jerusalem. 'Jewish men back in antiquity did not have long hair.' 'The Jewish texts ridiculed long hair as something Roman or Greek,' said New York University's Lawrence Schiffman" ("Jesus Scholars Find Fault in Gibson's 'Passion'"). However, it wasn't at all typical among even the Greeks and Romans, as plenty of statues and coins from the time attest.

"Along with extensive writings from the period, experts also point to a frieze on Rome's Arch of Titus, erected after Jerusalem was captured in AD 70 to celebrate the victory, which shows Jewish men with short hair taken into captivity”.

 Women’s Hair

 1 Corinthians 11:6  For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn: but if it be a shame for a woman to be shorn or shaven, let her be covered.     11:13  Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?  11:14  Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?  11:15  But if a woman have long hair, it is a glory to her: for her hair is given her for a covering.   11:16  But if any man seem to be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of God.

 In the 16th verse (above) Paul said that there is no reason to argue (contentious) about this topic because the church doesn’t have any other custom other than for the women to have long hair!  What about you or your church, do you have other customs? If so, it isn’t Bible based and should be reproved. How long is long? I think that it is long enough for God as long as it’s not being trimmed or cut.

Paul went as far as saying if women do not have this covering of long hair, then let her be shorn or shaved. In other words, if you cut it short, you might as well shave it off.

 Dictionary definition: CONTENTIOUS  1. Apt to contend; given to angry debate; quarrelsome; perverse. 2. Relating to contention in law; relating to litigation; having power to decide causes between contending parties; as a court of contentious jurisdiction. 3. Exciting or adapted to provoke contention or disputes; as a contentious subject.

 1 Corinthians 11:9  Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man. 1Co 11:10  For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.

 Some Bible commentators have interpreted from the 9th verse (above) as “power” representing a veil.  Since the 15th verse said that a women’s hair is her GLORY, I think the term “Power” is also referring to her long hair.  Does the verse continue to tell us that the Angels are offended by women with short hair? I must admit that I can not say with certainty what Paul was referring to with the term “because of the angels”, but anyone reading the eleventh chapter with an open mind can determine that women should have long hair.

 In conclusion, men should have short hair as a sign that they assume their responsibilities as being made in the image of God and as rulers over their households. Women are to wear long hair to symbolize their submission to husband or father in the case of the unmarried, taking their place with meekness as women surrendered to the will of God and subject to the authority God places over them. How about that for fodder for the women’s Liberation movement?

 1 Timothy 2:9  In like manner also, that women adorn themselves in modest apparel, with shamefacedness and sobriety; not with broided hair, or gold, or pearls, or costly array.

 Dictionary definition   BRAID or BROID   To weave or infold three or more strands to form one.

 1Peter 3:3  Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

 Dictionary definition   PLAITING   Folding; doubling; braiding. Braiding; intertwining.- hair style  formed by braiding or twisting the hair

 Paul instructs that a women’s hair should not be braided or plaited. It is interesting that some of the “Pharisee” extremist groups of Holiness people now teach that it is a sin for a woman to have her hair down, versus being up in a bun, braid, or plaited fashion. I will agree with Don Rich’s statement that I cannot find a commandment in the Bible against a woman wearing her hair down. They do very well to keep the scissors out and live up to the requirements of the Bible without man made laws being added. If you find Bible verses contradictory to this view, please let me know the chapter and verse.

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