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Title: The veil in classical antiquity : a sociocultural and exegetical study of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16
Author: Wu, Rongxi
ISNI:       0000 0004 9356 9326
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2020
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First Corinthians 11:2-16 is one of the most discussed biblical texts in New Testament scholarship today. Despite this, there has been no general consensus on some exegetical points that have been approached from a variety of perspectives and with a wide range of methodological tools. There is also a growing recognition that discussion of male headship and women's rights cannot be undertaken in isolation from the broader context of mid-first-century Greco-Roman culture. However, various studies in relation to culture have only been carried out in a small number of areas. This thesis will examine the literary evidence of the cultural significance of head-coverings, particularly with reference to the Corinthian congregation addressed by Paul in 1 Cor. 11:2-16. There are two main objectives of the thesis: to produce a coherent interpretation of 1 Cor. 11:2-16 and to establish Paul's view of gender in the text. The thesis consists of two parts. The first part investigates the significance of 'the veil' for the ancient Greeks and Romans respectively and compares certain aspects of gender in Greco-Roman culture and the letters of Paul. The material examined in this part can provide an overarching interpretive framework for the second part, which is an exegesis of 1 Cor. 11:2-16. The thesis demonstrates that the cultural significance of 'the veil' in classical antiquity provides useful insights into the interpretation of 1 Cor. 11:2-16. Paul's view of gender in the text shows a degree of consistency with the culture. Such nuanced treatment may prove valuable in understanding why the Corinthians are changing their attire and why Paul counsels men and women to practise in completely different ways.
Supervisor: Finney, Mark ; Pyper, Hugh Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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