Shameful to speak in church (1 Cor. 14:35)

“If there is anything

These women

Desire to know,

Let them ask

Their own husbands

At home.

It is shameful

For a woman

To speak in church.”

εἰ δέ τι μαθεῖν θέλουσιν, ἐν οἴκῳ τοὺς ἰδίους ἄνδρας ἐπερωτάτωσαν· αἰσχρὸν γάρ ἐστιν γυναικὶ λαλεῖν ἐν ἐκκλησίᾳ.

Paul said that if there is anything that these women desire to learn or know (εἰ δέ τι μαθεῖν θέλουσιν), let them ask their own husbands (τοὺς ἰδίους ἄνδρας ἐπερωτάτωσαν) at home (ἐν οἴκῳ).  It is shameful (αἰσχρὸν) for a woman to speak (γάρ ἐστιν γυναικὶ λαλεῖν) in church (ἐν ἐκκλησίᾳ). Only the Pauline letters used this word αἰσχρὸν, that means shameful, base, or disgraceful.  Paul continued with his remarks about women being silent in church.  If they wanted to learn or know something, he said that they should ask their husbands when they get home.  In fact, Paul said that it was disgraceful to have women speak in a church assembly.  Paul clearly saw a male dominated society as the way to go, including this Christian Corinthian community.  Obviously, some women could pray and some were teachers.  Paul had a very restricted role for women in the church assembly.  Do you agree with Paul?

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