The Apostle Paul wrote to the first century church. He did not write to the church in the United States after the year 1900. We can try to interpret what Paul wrote for our times, but he did not write to us. The question I have never really seen answered is this: What did the first century church look like? What specific situation was Paul addressing in the first century church when he wrote about the role women were to play in the church? What was the situation he was addressing? What did the first century church look like? When did it meet? Where did it meet? Did men and women sit together? Did a family sit together? When we have answered the basic questions of what the first century church looked like, and the problems it was encountering, then we can begin to look at what Paul was saying to women within the context of the time period he wrote in. When we try to extrapolate Paul’s teaching into our generation without understanding the first century church, we will undoubtedly have some interpretation problems with what Paul wrote.