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Junia: The First Woman Apostle
Epp, Eldon Jay

Minneapolis: Fortress, 2005 pp. xvii + 138. $16.00


Description: 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 16:7 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.

Subjects: Bible, New Testament, Pauline Epistles, Romans, Literature, Methods, Historical Approaches, History, Greco-Roman Period, Early Church Origins, History of Interpretation

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Review by Tobias Nicklas
Published 2/25/2006
Citation: Tobias Nicklas, review of Eldon Jay Epp, Junia: The First Woman Apostle, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2006).


Review by Nancy Calvert-Koyzis
Published 4/26/2008
Citation: Nancy Calvert-Koyzis, review of Eldon Jay Epp, Junia: The First Woman Apostle, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2008).


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