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Doctrine of hair as a covering

Submitted: 2/19/2005
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Question: If a woman's hair is given for a 'covering' why do many apostolic women wear their hair tied up on the top of their head? Consider the Greek meaning of the word 'covering' below which seems to indicate that the hair should be worn down and thrown around their face as a veil especially when praying (1 Cor 11:5-6). NT:4018 peribolaion (per-ib-ol'-ah-yon); neuter of a presumed derivative of NT:4016; something thrown around one, i.e. a mantle, veil: KJV - covering, vesture. (Biblesoft's New Exhaustive Strong's Numbers and Concordance with Expanded Greek-Hebrew Dictionary. Copyright 1994, 2003 Biblesoft, Inc. and International Bible Translators, Inc.)

Answer: The covering is the uncut hair itself and has nothing to do with the way it is arranged. Some apostolic women believe they must wear their hair up, but this has no basis in the Scriptures. The Bible does not say anything about 'up' or 'down.' It only speaks of 'long,' which can only be understood as uncut. This is the covering.