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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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While it is generally supposed that they were husband and wife, they could have been siblings or simply a team of evangelists. InterVarsity Press, With this book being a compact one, perhaps some yhe on this would have been warranted. The name “Junia” appears in Romans The First Woman Apostle.

The First Woman Apostle — So-called

The evidence points to Junia belonging to this movement and her geographical location indicates that Junia would have been one of the earliest founders of the Roman Christian community. In the first place, in the Greek text the name is Junian in the accusative case — the gender of the name not being identifiable.

Eerdmans, ; and E. Even if we were to take Rom 2: Egalitarians thus dismiss the evidence from Epiphanius, pointing to a masculizing tendency on his part. Robertson contended that Junias could be an abbreviation of Junianos p. Junia was one of the female apostles hidden by 20th century interpreters who believed only men could be apostles. The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church.


The 27th Nestle-Aland edition and the fourth UBS edition both came out inyears after inclusive language had become a public issue, and inexplicably still retained the masculine Junias. Refresh and try again. Finally, there are two external considerations that must be taken into account when determining which group of apostles Paul means to identify Andronicus and Iounian with.

Who Was Junia in the Bible? – The Junia Project

What is important is that Junia is referred to in her own right, not as an attachment to someone else. First, most of the patristic exegetes wrote in Latin many centuries after Paul penned the epistle to the Romans.

If I was ignorant of paostle machinations of these Greek textual critics who produce one edition after another, how much less would a non-Greek reader know? By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. This suggests that whatever Paul does mean in Rom One of these, the important papyrus P46, along with several other less important manuscripts and versions, reads Ioulian.

Jan 15, Philip Ryan rated it it was amazing. Most — if not all — references to places using this construction are locative, almost by default.

They argue that if Rom Bruce, The Letter of Paul to the Romansrev. The ambiguity of the name itself and the lack of any other references to this hte in the NT or even in Christian writers the first two centuries after Christ, should make us hesitant in being too dogmatic either way, however.


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Eldon Jay Epp’s short book, 81 pages, in a force to be reckoned with. This question was addressed partially in the previous section, where I dealt with the meaning of the construction en tois apostolois. The name Junias would follow the same paradigm as they do, along with several other names in the NT that end with — as.

Because later theologians and scribes could not believe or wanted to apotle that Paul had numbered a woman among the earliest churche The name “Junia” appears in Romans The consensus among some modern New Testament scholars is that Junia was a woman.

This could mean that she was a freed slave who adopted the name of her patron. This interpretation goes beyond what can be said with certainty from the text, however.

A the use of apostolos with the context of Romans 16 ; B the meaning of the adjective episemos ; and C certain external considerations. Bromiley revised “are referred to as “of note among the apostles,” this may be interpreted either as designating the high esteem in which they were held thee the Twelve, or as reckoning them in the number of the Twelve, or as reckoning them in the number of apostles.