1 Maccabees 7-9; 1 Corinthians 14

1 Corinthians 14:34-35 women should keep silent in the churches, for they are not allowed to speak, but should be subordinate, as even the law says. But if they want to learn anything, they should ask their husbands at home. For it is improper for a woman to speak in the church.

Wow, here is a golden opportunity to just not shoot myself in the foot with a pistol, but to do it North Korean-style with an anti-aircraft gun.  I like the explanatory footnote to this in my New American Bible:

;but it is difficult to harmonize the injunction to silence here with 1 Cor 11 which appears to take it for granted that women do pray and prophesy aloud in the assembly (cf. 1 Cor 11:513). Hence the verses are often considered an interpolation, reflecting the discipline of later churches; such an interpolation would have to have antedated our manuscripts, all of which contain them, though some transpose them to the very end of the chapter.

I can see these august Catholic theologians and exegetes sitting around a big table, spinning a  half-drunk bottle of Cutty Sark with the loser being stuck with writing the footnote (I tease I joke august Catholic theologians and scholars about the Cutty Sark…okay, it was Poland water).  That’s even more spin than you’ll see from the White House spokesperson on a typical day.

I would just encourage everyone to not get disoriented by the always-churning secular-progressive fog machine, and to keep in mind God made male and female different, and different for a purpose.  But our common ultimate purpose is to give the Father glory, and build His Son’s kingdom here on earth.  The question you need to ask yourself – as august theologian and exegete Harry Callahan would say – is what you are doing building that kingdom?  Is what you think about, what you get emotional about – will the fulfillment of what you desire – build that kingdom?  If the answer is no, then do you feel lucky?  You should, because God loves you!

 

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