Because Christianity is bigger than Biblical manhood or Biblical womanhood (Blog of Retha Faurie)

Myth: “You could simply read “women should remain silent in the churches” on face value.”

If you take 1 Cor 14:34-35 on face value, you have to reason away a lot else, which you then cannot take on face value:

> Paul gave instructions on what women should wear while speaking in church (1Cor 11:5), something he would not have done if they were not supposed to speak.

> A few verses prior to those which silence women, it is said that all should bring their speaking contribution to the meeting of believers, and all these contributions should be used. It is also said in that passage that all should prophesy in the meeting of believers.

> Two of the three members of the trinity actually made women speak in meetings of believers.

If you take this verse on face value, a woman could not sing, cough or whisper to her little boy to blow his nose at any place where more than one believer is gathered. And a Christian mother and her Christian daughter may never speak to each other, by the literal meaning. A Christian mother and Christian daughter together is a meeting of believers, and “churches” mean meetings of believers, not buildings.

There are other ways to interpret it, and many scholars do.

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