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Verbum et Ecclesia

versão On-line ISSN 2074-7705
versão impressa ISSN 1609-9982

Verbum Eccles. (Online) vol.33 no.1 Pretoria  2012

http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/ve.v33i1.731 

ORIGINAL RESEARCH

 

Christ Apostolic Church women in dialogue with 1 Corinthians 14:34-36

 

 

George O. FolarinI; Stephen O. AfolabiII

IDepartment of Religious Studies, Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Nigeria
IIChrist Apostolic Church Theological Seminary, Ile-Ife, Nigeria

Correspondence

 

 


ABSTRACT

The command for women to be silent in church worship in 1 Corinthians 14 has generated much debate. After examining the controversies, this article has adopted the view that the sanction in verses 34-35 was a punishment for certain local offences of the female Christians in Corinth. The contention of the article is that interpretations of the text which criticise women 'talking to the congregation' when under inspiration in worship services, and which universalise such local rules are unfair. The article attempts to correct the sexist interpretation of 1 Corinthians 14:34-36 by re-interpreting the text in the context of women founding new assemblies, preaching, teaching, and leading congregational prayers in the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), a Nigerian initiated Pentecostal denomination.


 

 

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