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THE BRITISH ACADEMY LEGENDS OF BABYLON AND EGYPT IN RELATION TO HEBREW TRADITION BY LEONARD W. KING, M.A., LITT.D., F.S.A. Assistant Keeper of Egyptian and Assyrian Antiquities in the British Museum Professor in the University of London King's College THE SCHWEICH LECTURES 1916
In Latin: qui respondit et ait ad eos qui stabant coram se dicens auferte vestimenta sordida ab eo et dixit ad eum ecce abstuli a te iniquitatem tuam et indui te mutatoriis. et dixit ponite cidarim mundam super caput eius et posuerunt cidarim mundam super caput eius et induerunt eum vestibus et angelus Domini stabat. 3:4-5
"And he answered and spake unto those that stood before him, saying, Take away the filthy garments from him. And unto him he said, Behold, I have caused thine iniquity to pass from thee, and I will clothe thee with change of raiment. And I said, Let them set a fair mitre upon his head. So they set a fair mitre upon his head, and clothed him with garments. And the angel of the LORD stood by. 3:4-5
Jesus, Mohamed and mosses are examples of prophets who kept their hair. Hair covering has been mentioned many times through the bible:
But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head.
For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the glory of the man.
For the man is not of the woman; but the woman of the man.
Neither was the man created for the woman; but the woman for the man.
For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels.
Nevertheless neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.
judge in yourselves: is it comely that a woman pray unto God uncovered?
Doth 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. ()
"And every woman praying or prophesying with her head unveiled puts to shame her head, for it is one and the same thing with the one shaven."
This statement concerning the praying and prophesying of women in public tempers the absoluteness of Paul's directives In chapter 14:34-35 and makes it clear that she could 'speak forth publicly' (which is the literal meaning of the word (propheteia), but not in the assembly In such a way as to teach and have authority over man (1 Tim.3: 12; see also Acts 2:17:21:9). Prophecy is a public proclaiming, and clearly she is to prophesy at appropriate times. Among the Jews, an adulterous woman was to have her head shaved (Is.7:2). "Among the Greeks, only the prostitutes, so numerous in Corinth, went about unveiled; slave women wore the shaven head - also a punishment of the adulterous." (Findlay).
Although the cultural context could lead one to think that Paul's directives were meant to be merely a temporary social custom so the sisters would not be identified with the harlots of Corinth, one need only remember the foundational principles which under gird the practice of the woman's veiling and that it is upon these that it transcends social customs throughout the world in any nation or culture. A sister who prays or prophesies without a veil, then, Is rejecting the authority of her head, man, by rejecting the sign of it, and in so doing is dishonoring God's governmental design arid Word.
Peggy, Founder of Simplicity Ministries, on-line groups for Christian Women firstname.lastname@example.org