1 Corinthians 11:8, Why men get to be the boss

For man did not come from woman, but woman from man;

//Women are probably more familiar with the Apostle Paul’s instructions in 1 Corinthians 11 than men, precisely because this is the chapter that demands women be in subjection to men. “Now I want you to realize that the head of every man is Christ, and the head of the woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.”

Why is this necessary? It goes back to Adam and Eve, according to Paul. Not so much that Eve was the cause of man’s downfall, but that Adam came first, and woman was made from man … not vice versa. Eve was constructed out of a rib removed from Adam’s side. Strange biology indeed, but if it makes me the boss, I can live with it.

Paul’s theology lasted 1500 years! When Vesalius in 1543 showed that the number of ribs was the same in males and females, it created a storm of controversy … and ruined a good thing.

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