Female long hair (1 Cor. 11:15)

“But if a woman

Has long hair,

It is her glory.

For her long hair

Is given to her

For a covering.”

γυνὴ δὲ ἐὰν κομᾷ, δόξα αὐτῇ ἐστιν; ὅτι ἡ κόμη ἀντὶ περιβολαίου δέδοται αὐτῇ.

Paul said that if a woman has long hair (γυνὴ δὲ ἐὰν κομᾷ), it is her glory (δόξα αὐτῇ ἐστιν).  Her long hair (ὅτι ἡ κόμη) was given to her (δέδοται αὐτῇ) as a covering (ἀντὶ περιβολαίου).  Only this Pauline Corinthian letter used this word κομᾷ or κόμη, that means to wear long hair or allow the hair to grow out, and the word περιβολαίου, that means a wrapper, mantle, veil, cloak, or covering.  Paul once again made this strong distinction between a man and a woman.  While long hair on a man was disgraceful, it was a glory to women, since it was like a covering for her head.  Paul seemed to indicate that there should be a difference of hair styles for men and women.  The men should not have long hair, while the women should have long hair.  For men it led to dishonor, while for women it was her pride and glory.  Was this based on Roman customs?  Are you concerned about hair styles and hair length?

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