Is I Cor 11:3 Only Talking About Husbands And Wives?
I Corinthians 11:3 says "the head of the woman is the man." Is that only saying a husband is the head over his wife, or is it saying that women are to be in submission to men in general (not just their husbands)?The fact that I Cor 11:3 reads “man” and “woman” (not “husband” and “wife) should be our first clue the verse is teaching men in general are head of women in general, not husbands are over their wives in particular (which is taught in Eph 5:22-24). Why did the translators choose to render I Cor 11:3 that way? Evidently because of the context (as the Greek could go either way). Consider the following contextual points …If I Cor 11:3 is only talking about husbands and wives, then:· Christ is only the head of husbands, not single men (verse 3) - Note:The ESV translation has “the head of a wife is her husband” but the translators realize this problem so they inconsistently translate the earlier phrase “the head of every man is Christ.” Either both should be translated husband or both man. You can't have it both ways.· only husbands (not single men) must be uncovered when they pray (verses 4,7)· only wives (not single ladies) must be covered when they pray (verses 5,6,10,13)· it is only a shame for wives to be shorn or shaven (verse 6), not single ladies· only husbands (not all men) are made in the image and glory of God (verse 7)· only wives (not all women) are the glory of man (verse 7)· husbands are born of their wife, not their mother (verse 12b)· it is only shameful for a husband to have long hair (verse 14), not a single man· it is only a glory for a wife to have long hair (verse 15), not a single woman· hair is given for a covering only to wives (verse 15), not single womenThe fact that I Cor 11:3 is teaching men in general have headship over women in general is confirmed by I Tim 2:11-12 which teaches the same thing … unless one thinks I Tim 2:11-12 is only talking about husbands and wives also? - in which case it would be scriptural for a woman to lead a Bible study or lead a prayer over men, as long as the audience didn’t include her husband.