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1 Cor 14:34–35

14:34, 35 These verses have created debate among Christians, at least partly because it is not known what problem exactly Paul was seeking to correct. It has even been proposed that these verses were not part of Paul’s original letter. In view of 11:5 and other New Testament passages, it is certain that Paul is not absolutely forbidding women to speak in every church situation. Paul may have been addressing a particular problem in Corinth, such as women creating disorder during the worship service. He may have in mind a specific function, such as the evaluation of prophecy (vv. 29, 32), in which women should not participate. It has been suggested that vv. 34, 35 are a quotation from the Corinthians themselves that Paul rejects in v. 36.