Sheila E. McGinn, Ph.D.
John Carroll University
"'Exousia echein epi tes kephales:'
1 Cor 11:10 & the Ecclesial Authority of Women"
Proposed Chiastic Structure of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16
A: vv. 2-3 A': v. 16 
B: 4-5 B': 14-15
C: 6-7  C': 13
D: 8-9 D': 11-12
E: 10


1 Cor 11:2-16 (my translation):

A:  2) I commend you all that you remember all my teachings and guard the traditions just as I handed them on to you. 3) Now one I want you to understand is: "Christ is the head of every man, the man is the head of woman; the head of Christ is God."

B:  4) Any man who prays or prophesies while he wears a head-covering disgraces his head. 5) But any woman who prays or prophesies with uncovered head disgraces her head; for it is the same as if her head is shaved.

C:  6) For if a woman will not cover herself, then let her hair be cut off; but if it is shameful for a woman to be shorn or shaved, then let her be covered. 7) Man ought not to have the head covered, being the image and glory of God; but woman is man's glory.

D:  8) For man was not from woman, but woman from man; 9) nor was man created through woman, but woman through man.

E:  10) Owing to all this, the woman has authority over the head through the angels.

D':  11) However, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor is man independent of woman. 12) For just as the woman [was] from the man, so now man [is] through woman; and all things are from God.

C':  13) Judge this for yourselves: is it fitting for a woman to pray to God with her head uncovered?

B':  14) Does not nature itself teach you that it a man shames himself if he has long hair? Whereas long hair on a woman is a source of glory to her. 15) For the long hair has been given to her for a mantle.

A':  16) But if anyone is disposed to be contentious, we do not acknowledge such a practice, nor do the churches of God.