Should women wear a head covering and long dresses?
When you look at 1 Corinthians 11:16, it says that if a woman be not covered, that Greek word G2619 means to cover fully. So, that means a woman needs to cover her head fully with a katakalupto. So what is a katakalupto? Is it her hair that this verse is talking about? From what I can see, no it is not, because in verse 15 when it talks about her hair being a covering, it uses a completely different Greek word in peribolaion. So these verse use a completely different Greek word for covering, because there are two coverings. One is a veil to cover her hair when she prays and the other covering is her hair. Have you ever noticed how men take their hats off when they pray. Well that is because its biblical. So I do know there is a spiritual element that is going on here that is thee most important. But we certainly don’t take away the physical just because we are doing the spiritual. Clean the inside of the cup first then the outside may be clean.
With being on the same subject of coverings, the Greek word kata means covered as translated in 1 Cor 11:4. In 1 Timothy 2:9 you have the word apparel which is the Greek word G2689, which in my estimation, apparel is not a great translation. The Greek word for apparel is katastole which is made up from two Greek words kata and stole. Stole is used in Revelations 7:9, when it says they were clothed in white stoles (rodes). When Paul wrote that women should wear a katastole, a katastole is to cover with a long and flowing garment. I also find that the visible things of this world can show spiritual things. When you look at women when they were starting to forsake the katastole (dresses) in the early 1900’s, how things rapidly declined. Women wore dresses for thousands of years up until fairly recent. Anyway I say all this just to point out these verses from a different perspective than you may have seen them before. I certainly, as always, am open to correction on these matters