New Defender's Study Bible Notes
11:7 glory of the man. This section (I Corinthians 11:2-16) has to do with church order as an extension of the divine order in the basic institution of the family. Women, in keeping with their divinely established subordinate role (subordinate in role, not in importance or essence), appropriately should indicate this by a covering on their heads—the most suitable covering being long hair (I Corinthians 11:15). An additional shawl or hat or other covering, while appropriate, is not necessary. Men, however, in their leadership role, are to leave their heads uncovered in the church (short hair, no hat, etc.), as symbolic of their direct openness to their own head, which is Christ. Both men and women are created in God’s image (Genesis 1:27), but that image is especially transmitted, as it were, from father to son (Genesis 5:3), with the woman sharing the divine image in her father and in her husband, as reflected from the formation of the body of the first woman from that of the first man.