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Using as a point of entry the scholarly debate about whether head-coverings or hairstyles are in view in 1 Cor. 11.2–16, this article re-evaluates Paul's surprisingly difficult argument from the perspective of Greco-Roman costume and its attendant cultural baggage. In this light it appears that Paul is addressing what he views as a problem of social and sexual propriety for female conduct that has arisen from further Corinthian reflection on his own teaching. Paul's response tries to navigate between reinforcing expected propriety while not contradicting his initial teaching about equality in Christ.


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