1 Corinthians 11:14
Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a
man have long hair, it is a
shame unto him?
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)
didn’t Jesus have long hair?
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.
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.
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
"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”.
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.
Judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?
not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it
is a shame unto him?
But if a woman have long
hair, it is a glory to her:
for her hair is given her for a covering.
But if any man seem to
be contentious, we have no such custom, neither the churches of
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.
1. Apt to contend; given to angry debate; quarrelsome;
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.
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.
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 braided hair, or
gold, or pearls, or costly array.
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;
Folding; doubling; braiding.
Braiding; intertwining.- hair style formed
by braiding or twisting the hair
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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