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Christ Apostolic Church women in dialogue with 1 Corinthians 14:34–36

George O. Folarin, Stephen O. Afolabi
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 33, No 1 | a731 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v33i1.731 | © 2012 George O. Folarin, Stephen O. Afolabi | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 13 April 2012 | Published: 29 October 2012

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George O. Folarin, Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria
Stephen O. Afolabi, Christ Apostolic Church Theological Seminary, Nigeria

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The command for women to be silent in church worship in 1 Corinthians 14 has generated much debate. After examining the controversies, this article has adopted the view that the sanction in verses 34–35 was a punishment for certain local offences of the female Christians in Corinth. The contention of the article is that interpretations of the text which criticise women ‘talking to the congregation’ when under inspiration in worship services, and which universalise such local rules are unfair. The article attempts to correct the sexist interpretation of 1 Corinthians 14:34–36 by re-interpreting the text in the context of women founding new assemblies, preaching, teaching, and leading congregational prayers in the Christ Apostolic Church (CAC), a Nigerian initiated Pentecostal denomination.


silencing women; women ministry; pentecostals


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