Head Coverings in Public Worship

“Every man praying or prophesying, having his head covered, dishonoureth his head.    But every woman that prayeth or prophesieth with her head uncovered dishonoureth her head: for that is even all one as if she were shaven.  For if the woman be not covered, let her also be shorn…  For this cause ought the woman to have power on her head because of the angels…  Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?…”

1 Cor. 11:4-6,10,14

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Murray, John – ‘Headcoverings, a Letter’  1973  12 paragraphs

Next see Isbell or Kayser below.  Kayser’s treatment is particularly full and detailed.

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1600’s

Ames, William – ‘Concerning Women’s Veils, 1 Cor. 11’  being ch. 3, section 28 of A Fresh Suit Against Human Ceremonies in Worship, pp. 345-350  GB  1633

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Pink, A.W. – Studies in the Scriptures, August, 1930, p. 191  

Pink teaches that ladies are to cover their heads in private prayer also, which we do not endorse.

Isbell, Sherman – Headship and Worship: Notes on 1 Corinthians 11:2-16  no date  33 paragraphs

Isbell expounds God’s teaching from 1 Corinthians 11 that women, being under the authority of their husbands and fathers are to wear a head covering in the public worship of God 

Kayser, Phillip – Glory and Coverings: a Study of 1 Corinthians 11:1-16  2003  52 pp.

Kayser convincingly argues that 1 Corinthians 11 teaches that ladies are to wear head-coverings in the public worship of God

Silversides, David – Is Head Covering Biblical?  no date  71 paragraphs

This paper is very valuable, in addition to its Biblical arguments, for its analysis of Calvin’s pro-head-covering position and the position of the Westminster Assembly, and for its numerous quotes on the subject from the reformers, puritans, Scots and other writers through church history. 

This paper was primarily intended as a refutation of the position paper of the Still Waters Revival, in their reversal on the head coverings issue 

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The Head Covering Movement

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