Perhaps no Bible text illustrates the dangers of a simplistic reading of Scripture than 1 Cor 14:34. If we tear this verse from its cotext,1 and then read it as if the Bible were “God’s instruction manual for life” and even worse read it also literally then we are in trouble! The verse (in the fairly literal NET)2 reads: the women should be silent in the churches, for they are not permitted to speak. Rather, let them be in submission, as in fact the law says. The verse is full of oddities.3 Not the least of which is that in 1 Cor 11:4-6 Paul assumesRead More →

In part one I drew attention to the problem that this verse seems to contradict what Paul himself approves and to some funny things going on in and around the verse. Here I’ll focus on my reason for mentioning this, how we should respond when a Bible passage seems to contradict what the same author says or does elsewhere…Read More →