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Junia: The First Woman Apostle

4.38 of 5 stars 4.38  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  6 reviews
The name "Junia" appears in Romans 16:7, and Paul identifies her (along with Andronicus) as "prominent among the apostles." In this important work, Epp investigates the mysterious disappearance of Junia from the traditions of the church. Because later theologians and scribes could not believe (or wanted to suppress) that Paul had numbered a woman among the earliest churche ...more
Paperback, 138 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by Augsburg Fortress Publishing (first published September 30th 2005)
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Irene Bennett
A highly documented case study of how sociocultural assumptions shape exegetical interpretaions. Junia was one of the female apostles hidden by 20th century interpreters who believed only men could be apostles
As far as I know, this is the first book devoted to the entire academic, exegetical, historical and theological issues surrounding the controversy of Romans 16:7, wherein for 100 years, Junia, the first female apostle was literally erased from scripture translations, including some versions of the Greek text.

This book might be a rough read for non New Testament scholars (a lot hinges on understanding Koine Greek grammar) but its a short book and a highly recommended skim for anyone interested in
I sort of feel like I should give this book a higher rating, but "I liked it" describes how I feel about it, so three stars it is.

This book was rather technical, but I was still able to follow Epp's arguments even though I knew maybe half a semester's worth of Greek at some point and I mostly don't remember any of that now. Epp's arguments about Junia seem solid and it was fun to see how the tore other arguments apart and demolished other statements by showing they were never supported by any s
Philip Ryan
Eldon Jay Epp's short book, 81 pages, in a force to be reckoned with. His style is irenic and respectful of differing opinions. He pays careful attention to the text critical issues surrounding Junia whether it is a feminine or masculine noun and traces the history of grammars, critical editions of the NT, and patristic handling of Romans 16:7. Even though you may disagree with his conclusion, that Junia was a woman and an apostle, it is still a very helpful book.
Радостин Марчев
Донякъде прекалено специализирано четиво от един от най-добрите текстови критици. За интересуващите се от темата в такава дълбочина книгата е чудесна.
Nicholas Ahern
An interesting and illuminating look into the role of the female apostle. Addressing both textual variants, exegetical considerations and cultural shifts, this is an excellent little book.
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