Interdependence: 1 Corinthians 11:11–12

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d) 1 Cor 11:11–12: In this instance, “woman” can be translated as “wife” (gynē),[1] while “man” (anēr) can also be translated as “husband.”[2]

Note that the Greek words used here for a male (anēr and andros) differ from the more common term “anthrōpos.” That word can be translated as “man” but usually refers to all of humanity, both male and female.[3]

Unfortunately, a failure to recognize this distinction has resulted in an unnecessary furor over some Bible translations.



Paul proclaimed the fundamental interdependence of husbands and wives, as well as of men and women. Procreation mitigates the order of creation. Since everything originates from God—our ultimate authority—he significantly restrains any sense of hierarchy (1 Cor 11:3–10; Gal 3:26–28).[4]

Therefore, in this new era of life in Christ, men and women cannot function without depending upon each other. While distinctions remain between the genders, there is no subordination.[5]

In the age to come, marriage shall no longer exist (Mark 12:25).

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Read 1 Cor 11:11–12. What are the implications of the first woman coming from a man and all subsequent men coming from women?



Go to Partners in Ministry (Acts 18:1–3, 18–20, 24–26 and 2 Ki 22:11–23:4)

[Related posts include Three Heads (1 Cor 11:3); Women Praying and Prophesying (1 Cor 11:4–6 and 1 Cor 14:34–35); Having Authority over Her Head (1 Cor 11:7–10); Made in the Image of God (Gen 1:26 cont.); Stewards of the Earth (Gen 1:26 cont.); Male and Female He Created Them (Gen 1:27); Not Good! (Gen 2:18); A Parade of Animals (Gen 2:19–20); An Equal and Adequate Partner (Gen 2:21–23); Partners in Ministry (Acts 18:1–3, 18–20, 24–26 and 2 Ki 22:11–23:4); and Effects of the Fall Reversed (Rom 5:12–21 and Rom 16:1–12);]

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[1]Danker, et al., “γυνη” (gynē), BDAG, 208–9.

[2] Danker et. al., “ἀνηρ” (anēr), 79–80.

[3]Danker et. al., “ἄνθρωπος” (anthrōpos), 81–2.

[4] Blomberg, 1 Corinthians, 212–3.

[5] Fee, The First Epistle to the Corinthians, 523–4.