The Apostle Junia, was a woman leader in the early church whose ministry reminds us that God’s intention Junia: The First Woman Apostle by Eldon Jay Epp. Dennis Preato proves that Junia was an woman who was an apostle. The first is concerned with resolving the gender of the person named Iounian. Was this. Like many women, I was surprised when I first heard Junia’s story. I was speaking to a book club about women in the Bible when an audience member raised.

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Linda Belleville, [9] Richard Bauckham[10] and Eldon Epp, [2] who take the reading ‘prominent among’, have taken on the task of correcting some findings pertaining to Junia.

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Although they raise many important factors for consideration, the heart of the egalitarian case really comes down to the testimony of John Chrysostom, a testimony which I do not find as weighty as that of Origen or Epiphanius, or the many scribes who unanimously accented their Greek texts with a circumflex accent in the aplstle and tenth centuries.

To be an apostle is something great.

Since the locative uses are beyond our present interest, they can be eliminated so we may focus our attention on those that refer to people, and thus constitute the best parallels to Rom Perhaps I could sum it up this way: Scripture References Romans It is true that a handful of patristic exegetes touch on this passage, and when they do, they read it feminine. However, this version only appears in womn relatively late Medieval copy of Origen’s work, which appears to originally speak of Junia as a female.


It has even been claimed that the first known mention of Junia as a male is firsy Giles of Rome Aegidus of Rome, —though this ignores the evidence of the Greek manuscripts about how the name was actually interpreted at least from the 9th century onward.

Many scholars could be introduced advancing this idea. After an extensive search of syntactical parallels, John 7: Junia was one of the female apostles hidden by 20th century interpreters who believed only men could be apostles.

He mentions Rom This page was last edited on 21 Decemberat Theresa Curry rated it it was amazing Sep 05, Orthodox traditions say Junia and Andronicus of Pannonia traveled extensively and preached the Gospel to pagans, many of whom were converted to Christianity.

Fitzmyer, Romans Garden City, N. This latter point bears upon the conclusion of this study, as the reader will later see. Please enter your name here. Refresh and try again. I will use the term egalitarian for that position which affirms for women all the opportunities open to men, including pastoral oversight.


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The First Woman Apostle — So-called

Conjuration, Of Poet-Prophets and their Translators. Critical editions of the Greek New Testament from Erasmus until the late 19th century still assumed the feminine.

The feminine form of the name appeared in Erasmus’ critical Greek text in and continuously thereafter in all other critical Greek texts, with the exception of Alford’s edition, until when Nestle inexplicably read: This question was addressed partially in the previous section, where I dealt junai the meaning of the construction en tois apostolois.

Dunn, Romans Waco, Tex.: Junia, the First Woman Apostle. See Cervin,n. Eerdmans, ; J. A the use of apostolos with the hunia of Romans 16 ; B the meaning of the adjective episemos ; and C certain external considerations.

For major commentators who take the second person of Rom. Junia was a popular name for nobility. A lot is riding on one single name!

Many of the pagan temples were closed, and in their place Christian churches were built. A Catholic Commentary on the Vatican Declarationed.