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Junia: The First Woman Apostle [Paperback]

By Eldon Jay Epp (Author)
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Pages   156
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.52" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.54 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 14, 2005
Publisher   Augsburg Fortress Publishers
ISBN  0800637712  
EAN  9780800637712  

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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 churches' apostles, Junia's name was changed in Romans to a masculine form. Despite the fact that the earliest churches met in homes and that other women were clearly leaders in the churches (e.g., Prisca and Lydia), calling Junia an apostle seemed too much for the tradition. Epp tracks how this happened in New Testament manuscripts, scribal traditions, and translations of the Bible. In this thoroughgoing study, Epp restores Junia to her rightful place.

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Eldon Jay Epp has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Hermeneia: A Critical & Historical Commentary on the Bible
  2. Studies and Documents

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Hear Junia's Roar  Sep 4, 2007
After this work, there really aren't any arguments left for giving Junia a sex change, or acting as if she wasn't in full apostolic authority. Epp goes through source by source, text by text, and looks at every scholarly Biblical reference to Junia/Junias over the last two thousand years. It is an astounding litany of sexism and mysoginy. Surprisingly, she is fully woman, even through the extreme anti-feminism of later Church Fathers like Chryostome. It is only in the late Middle Ages that she starts to be masculanized; it is only in the 1920s that we really start to see her made such in the Greek texts.

What a different world it would be if we grew up reading in English about a female apostle! Kudos to recent translations like the NRSV and New American Bible, who are using good scholarship in referring to Junia. Shame on those like The Message (alone with only the CEV), bucking the more recent scholarly trend and insisting on Junias. Epp shows how much our own culture influences our translation, even to the point of diacritical marks.

A word of warning- this is a highly scholarly work. If you don't know Greek, you probably won't enjoy it. I have only a smattering of Greek, and had to wade through a good deal of grammar and manuscript analysis terms that I had no understanding of. I still enjoyed the book because of my commitment to women's empowerment and recognition of Junia, but for most without a textual analysis background, this book will seem too heavy. This is the kind of work that scholars typically share with only each other.
the proof of the pudding  Jul 12, 2007
This is definitely not a 'light weight' book. I have a PhD and had difficulty wading through it. If you are not totally familiar with exegesis, hermeneutics, and scholarly publications, you may want to pass this one by. If that is your forte then you will thrill at the scholarly undertaking here.
Interesting Study on Romans 16:7  Dec 23, 2006
I wish people would read a book before posting a comment. This book is a textual criticism into the study of Romans 16:7. It is completely void of any Feminist theology or writing.
Look at the following Bible translations.
English standard Version
Rom 16:7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles, and they were in Christ before me.
American Standard Version
Rom 16:7 Salute Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen, and my fellow-prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also have been in Christ before me.
New American Standard Bible
Rom 16:7 Greet Andronicus and Junias, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners, who are outstanding among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.
King James Bible
Rom 16:7 Salute Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen, and my fellow prisoners, who are of note among the apostles, who also were in Christ before me.
Both Junia and Junias carry the Strong's number 2458.
You can see from the Bible versions above. The KJV, ESV, both use the Female name while ASV and NASB use the Male name. It is interesting the the male is shown to be an Apostle in the NASB.
The book is about 80 pages with about 55 pages of notes, bibliography and index's. It is well documented and reads with a textual criticism style of writing. A nice book for your library, especially if you like a little controversy.
A brilliant essay!  Nov 11, 2006
Epp has produced a model essay for both the scholar (who needs precise proof for every assertion) and the seriously interested lay person (who wants clarity in the argument plus clear signals as to where he may skim over the scholarly details). It is a book I wish I had written; it is a book I wish I COULD have written!
The book is so important for the question of women's ministry in the church that I have purchased and given away several copies.
It is true, however, that it is not for the casual reader.
Not for your average person  Oct 22, 2006
This book makes "a brief history of time" look like a children's storybook. It's basically a learned journal article republished as a book. If you're not into researching the use of the ablative in Greek sentence structures this is not for you.

The current Junia fad means that any book on the subject will be bought. I picked it up, read the first and last couple of paragraphs and am about to consign it untouched to my local feminist theology library. Junia is an important find for modern Christianity and a great gift to women struggling to assert their rightful their place in the last great male-dominated western institutions. This book only helps with a technical proof of Junia's existence. It gives no sense of who she might have been, why she is important or what she means today. It also ignores that Junia has been recognised as a saint in the Orthodox Church since the time of her death.

Perhaps it is of importance to "sola scriptura" Christians since it provides the technical tools to argue the correct gender for Junia and her appellation of Apostle.

PS Buy "The Lost Apostle"; it is a much easier and more motivational read.

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