Shorn Hair

Well, this question often comes up in the term searches, so I’ll just answer it quickly.

Is cutting your hair in any manner the same as shorn hair?

“Shearing” means to cut something very short. If I shear sheep, I put one blade of the sheep shears against the skin and cut as close as I can without nicking the animal. (I sometimes fail at that, and their lovely white delicate skin gets a nip, which is why there is Blu-Kote.)

“Shorn” is the old past tense of “to shear.” We say “sheared” now, but “shorn” is still correct if archaic.

“Shorn” hair is cut close to the skin, like a man’s military haircut.

Why was this wrong for women? Women were to embody their virtue of being women, as God made them. There may be an implication of peace in this, that women were the guardians of peace in the community. They were protectors of their children and hearth, but were not to fight and risk losing their lives, or their children would not be nursed or fed.

Those who did not go to war did not cut their hair short. Women, priests, Jewish men 2000 years ago; all exempt from military service, and this was indicated by long hair. Orthodox priests in the most traditional churches still do not cut their hair or beards. Some of them achieve impressive masses of locks!

For women, it was also a sign of modesty, that even if she were caught naked, she would be covered by her hair as by a veil or cloak. It suggests that Jewish and Christian women regarded modesty as a virtue missing amongst their pagan neighbours.

So should Christian women cut their hair short? Obviously, I don’t. I don’t cut mine at all. I would say the reasonable interpretation for women who are not bound to a rule or ordnung is that they may trim their hair, they may even cut it fairly short such as shoulder length, but it should always be modest and feminine, and accompanied by appropriate modesty of the body. We are not objects on display, after all; we are honoured members of the body of Christ, daughters of the king, children of God.

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4 thoughts on “Shorn Hair

  1. «we are honoured members of the body of Christ, daughters of the king, children of God»

    Gal. 3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

    We are not a daughter of God–we are a son of God housed currently in a female tent/flesh/house. Since our house is female, we should dress and act female. But regardless of the plumbing of our house [indoor vs. outdoor], we the sons of God dwelling in tents of flesh stand equal before God.

    • That’s an interesting viewpoint. I can see what you mean. Is there more to it? One text is a way to start your thesis, but is there more scriptural proof you would like to offer?

      • Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

        Job 2:1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.

        Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

        Angels are sones of God because they have no parent but God.

        Matt: 22: 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

        Gal 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. V.7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.

        When you couple passages that refer to the sons of God with what Paul writes in Romans 6: 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7For he that is dead is freed from sin. it is not the body of flesh that is now crucified and now resurrected but the inner old self that is resurrected as a new creature, new man, new self and it is this new self that is raised from the dead by the Father. It is this new self that will put on an imperishable body when the Son gives life to whom He will John 5:21. The Father raises the dead—the old self was dead–and then the Son gives life to this living new creature a tent that imperishable at His coming 1 Cor. 4:5. Therefore, disciples become younger siblings of the Son so that Jesus is the firstborn of many sons, Rom 8:29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

        The inner self that is a son of God is without gender—gender pertains to the flesh—but that inner self that has been made alive by the Father raising the dead is a son of God because this inner self has no parent but God, just as angels have no parent but God. The inner new self has no parent but God.

  2. Job 1:6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.

    Job 2:1 Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the LORD.

    Job 38:7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

    Angels are sones of God because they have no parent but God.

    Matt: 22: 30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

    Gal 4:6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. V.7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ.
    When you couple passages that refer to the sons of God with what Paul writes in «Romans 6: 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: 6Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. 7For he that is dead is freed from sin.» it is not the body of flesh that is now crucified and now resurrected but the inner old self that is resurrected as a new creature, new man, new self and it is this new self that is raised from the dead by the Father. It is this new self that will put on an imperishable body when the Son gives life to whom He will John 5:21. The Father raises the dead—the old self was dead–and then the Son gives life to this living new creature a tent that imperishable at His coming 1 Cor. 4:5.

    Therefore, disciples become younger siblings of the Son so that Jesus is the firstborn of many sons, Rom 8:29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.

    The inner self that is a son of God is without gender—gender pertains to the flesh—but that inner self that has been made alive by the Father raising the dead is a son of God because this inner self has no parent but God, just as angels have no parent but God. The inner new self has no parent but God.

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