Women Speaking in The Church

In 1st Corinthians Chapter 14 The Apostle Paul is NOT saying that women should be silent in the church. He is actually answering questions from a previous letter (that we do not have) by quoting their own biast beliefs toward women back at them and then pretty sharply rebuking them for such beliefs.

The Greek Etta which is sadly omitted in our English translations is the same as what an English quotation mark would be to us in our own language and it is proof of what was really being said in the letter’s original texts.

So for the record. A more correct way to read 1st Corinthians chapter 14:33-38 would be like this;

For God is not a God of disorder, but of peace. As in all the congregations of the saints, “Women are to be silent in the churches. They are not permitted to speak, but must be in submission, as the Law says. If they wish to inquire about something, they are to ask their own husbands at home; for it is dishonorable for a woman to speak in the church” Did God’s word originate with you? Or are you the only ones it has reached? If anyone considers himself a prophet or spiritual person, let him acknowledge that what I am writing you is the Lord’s command. But if anyone ignores this, he himself will be ignored. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues.

By adding these qoutes (Greek Etta) where they are supposed to be we see that Paul was actually endorsing women to speak in the church not trying to silence them like many in his day would have been.

Good things to know when studying the book.




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