I conclude that Paul's explanations pertain to an established Christian custom, which may or may not have corresponded to any Jewish, Greek, or Roman custom of the time.
Most "cultural background" treatments of this subject have failed to recognize the importance of the fact that in the first century the Church was itself a sub-culture, having its own traditions and customs.
I chatted with Loeb by email to learn more about how she manages being a rock star, a mom and more.
Go Ask Mom: Many of today's parents of a certain age remember listening to "Stay" a lot, but you've done so much since then, especially for children and family audiences. Lisa Loeb: I’ve always wanted to make a record for kids that could be entertaining and heartwarming at the same time.
She's a singer, songwriter, and mother — and her eyewear game is tight.
She's Lisa Loeb, and she's much more than the sweet girl-next-door who launched "Stay" into the pop stratosphere.
The more research I have done on the subject, the more I have come to see how problematic is the widely-accepted interpretation of 1 Corinthians 11:2-16 which asserts that Paul is merely urging the saints in Corinth to conform to local and secular customs.
Loeb, now a mom of two to Lyla, 5, and Emet, nearly 3, has been busy ever since with music, acting, reality shows, eye wear design, book writing and motherhood. "I started making kids' music and family music about 10 years ago,'' said Loeb, calling during a walk around her Los Angeles neighborhood. "I loved the music I grew up on in the 1970s and '80s - stuff that was accessible on 'The Carol Burnett Show,' 'Donny and Marie Show,' early 'Sesame Street' and 'The Electric Company.' '' What drew her interest then - and has worked its way into her own music now - is the crossover appeal of kids' music and "grown-up music.'' "The kids stuff sounded the same as grown-up records at the time, and some of the grown-up records appealed to kids,'' she said. 3, has made a second career writing songs for kids - the technical name for it is "family music'' - but it's much more than just simple didacticism in 4-4 time. - one neighbor she stopped to chat with during the walk was Kay Hanley, the lead singer for alt-rock's Letters to Cleo.) "I didn't have kids then, but I'm just a very sentimental person,'' said Loeb, now 48, and with two children under the age of 10. "I found that I wanted to do something that had more variety, and I found that by doing kids' music, I could connect things I love with my childhood,'' she said. "It's more about expressing myself and what I see in the world from my point of view,'' she said. charts without a label, to "Feel What U Feel.'' "At first, I used to avoid doing kids' songs at grown-up concerts, and doing grown-up songs at kids' concerts,'' she said. "When I write songs for grown-ups - and I've been writing since I was a teenager -- I found a lot of my songs are about relationships, geared more towards love, usually, or just emotions,'' Loeb said.You can listen to the new song over at Entertainment Weekly.