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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Request an Exam copy Please select a version: The first credible reference to Junia as male comes from Aegidius of Rome ca.

Women in the Church: His formal Latin name was Silvanus, cf. See, however, the critique by T. Spencer, Beyond the Curse: Surely an apology for previous gender bias is in order! See also BDF,and A. Do I have your attention now? Epp tracks how this happened in New Testament manuscripts, scribal traditions, and translations of the Bible. Want to Read saving…. A Re-Examination of Rom In the 4th century Junia is considered male by Epiphanius of Salamis. But see Schreiner,n. Junia was one of the female apostles hidden by 20th century interpreters who believed only men could be apostles.

Junia (New Testament person)

apkstle Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Macmillan, ; reprint, Grand Rapids: I had not realized so many different editions, and different printings of editions, had been coming out, but it indicates that advances are continually being made in the interests of textual accuracy. This is noteworthy, because the actual text in Epistolam ad Romanos Commentariorum The term apostolos was used in classical Greek to denote a ship ready for departure.


Although the evidence is by no means unanimous, the strongest case for understanding Iounian to be a woman is found in the comments made on Rom Whatever is said here in Rom But as for the specific goal of demonstrating that Romans On the other hand, Chrysostom c.

A popular work exploring Junia has been published by journalist Rena Pederson. So the science of textual criticism tries to figure out which among each variant was either the original or closest to it.

What he fails to mention, however, is that certain Greek masculine names, such as Andreas, are first declension nouns. InterVarsity, n.

Significantly, there are no unambiguous references to a man named Junias in the Greek literature in the first three centuries of the Christian era, as egalitarians are quick to point out. Though I have argued for the masculine reading, Junias, what if Paul really was referring to a woman named Junia when he wrote?

Dan rated apotsle really liked jknia May 08, With regard to modern commentaries on Romans, one egalitarian scholar writing in complained that most commentators adopt the masculine reading of Rom A bit repetitive and in-depth on aposte language studies, but it does exactly what it sets out to do.

Eldon Jay Epp’s short book, 81 pages, in a force to be reckoned with. Many patristic exegetes understood the second person mentioned in Alostle Paul’s “enthusiastic acclamation” of Junia prompted Chrysostomprominent Church Father, to marvel at her apparent devotion such that ” This continues until when the thirteenth Nestle firsh the first had come out in inexplicably changed the accent from acute feminine to circumflex masculine.


The form of the name is nominative masculine singular in Latin, which demonstrates that Origen understood the person mentioned in Rom Yet this sex-change operation occurred without a shred of evidence or even an attempt at persuasion. Two Greek manuscripts have “Julia” clearly a woman’s name instead of “Junia s ” in this verse.

Who Was Junia in the Bible? – The Junia Project

Sarina Meyer rated it it was amazing Jan 13, Women Called to Ministry. While earlier searches for “Junias” in Latin also yielded no evidence, it is reported that “Junias” has been found as a Latin nickname or diminutive for the name “Junianas”, which was not uncommon both in Greek and Latin.

A Catholic Commentary on the Vatican Declarationed. The opposing interpretation of thf verse disavows both Junia’s apostleship and her female gender. There is no new manuscript evidence, no explanation whatsoever — other than gender bias. In seeking to determine the gender of Iounianmany scholars have examined Greco- Roman literature to find out how frequently this name appear in either Greek or Latin.

A Female Apostle?

The name Junias would follow the same paradigm as they do, along with several other names in the NT that end with — as. The situation in Latin literature, however, tge quite different from that in Greek. Grenz understands this well, too. But, this has been and continues to be the dividing line among contemporary Christians.