Junia and Female Apostles

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Christian Alexander | Forum Activity | Posted: Sun, Mar 20 2022 7:18 AM

I am doing a study for my next class paper that addresses women in the New Testament Church. I was assigned Junia in Romans 16:7. I have used Factbook and tried searching for her within Logos. I am lost but have done some preliminary reading. How do I begin this study? 

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Michael Kinch | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 20 2022 7:59 AM

Christian, You might find this interesting. Was Junia in Romans 16:7 a Female Apostle? (logos.com)

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Christian Alexander | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 20 2022 8:13 AM

I did a quick read of this and it is a great article but does not cite any resources for further research. Dr Heiser is not like that normally. 

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Louis J Rosen | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 20 2022 8:30 AM

Not in LOGOS but a detailed discussion of the gender of Junia can be found in 

Junia: The First Woman Apostle  

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Jan Krohn | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 20 2022 9:53 AM

Mike Winger has recently done a series about women in ministry. I've not watched it yet, but since he's always very thorough, I'm sure he's covered Junia too.

https://youtu.be/3HQSlQLYQsE

And he always cites sources. Citing a YT video in a research paper might not be sufficient...

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NB.Mick | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 20 2022 9:56 AM

Jan Krohn:

Mike Winger has recently done a series about women in ministry. I've not watched it yet, but since he's always very thorough, I'm sure he's covered Junia too.

https://youtu.be/3HQSlQLYQsE

And he always cites sources. Citing a YT video in a research paper might not be sufficient...

Jan,

Mike Winger recently started the series - currently only introductory remarks and Gen 1-3 have been covered. I'm sure he'll get to Junia in time, but this may take a while.

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Rosie Perera | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 20 2022 11:53 AM

How many hits for her did you get when you did a search through all your resources? Have you waded through them all to glean what you can about her?

If you're still stuck after doing that, maybe you don't own enough resources that have substantial mentions of her. Journal articles can be a good source of info. There's a good article on her titled “Is Junia Also among the Apostles? Romans 16:7 and Recent Debates,” by David A. Shaw in The Churchman 127, no. 2 (2013): 105. If you don't own The Churchman and don't want to dish out the nearly $500 for the whole series, you can get just volume 127.

Another article on the side of "yes, Junia was a female" is “Junia, a Female Apostle: An Examination of the Historical Record,” by Dennis J. Preato in Priscilla Papers 33, no. 2 (2019): 8.

Another article, which comes to the opposite conclusion is “Female Apostleship in Romans 16:7,” by Michael W. Harding in Detroit Baptist Seminary Journal 21 (2016): 59. Again, you can get just volume 21, though it's much more cost effective to buy journals by the bundle, and you'll surely find more uses for such journal articles along the way in your studies.

I think the smallest journal bundle that includes all of the above journals is Theology Journal Bundle 6.3. But it isn't cheap.

There is also a chapter by James Walters, “‘Phoebe’ and ‘Junia(s)’—Rom. 16:1–2, 7,” in Essays on Women in Earliest Christianity, ed. Carroll D. Osburn, vol. 1 (Wipf & Stock, 2007).

Not available in Logos, but available in Kindle: Junia, the First Woman Apostle by Eldon Jay Epp (Fortress Press, 2005).

Another one available in Kindle but not Logos is The Lost Apostle: Searching for the Truth About Junia by Rena Pederson (Jossey-Bass, 2008).

Faithlife should have that first one in Logos; they have a ton of Fortress Press titles. I've suggested it on FeedBear: https://feedback.faithlife.com/boards/logos-book-requests/posts/junia-the-first-woman-apostle

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Roy | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Mar 20 2022 11:54 AM

Pictured below are just the first few hits from a basic search all text, all resources for "Junia".

There is a whole boat-load full of resources in Logos to mine for information on this person.

Obviously my library differs from yours, but you should be able to find something.

FactBook.

Junia (Ἰουνιᾶς, Iounias). A kinsman of Paul, to whom he sent greetings in his letter to the Romans (Rom 16:7). Many scholars believe that Junia (or Junias) was a woman, the first to be called an “apostle.” Junia is sometimes assumed to be the wife of Andronicus. For further information on this debate, see this article: Women in Church Leadership.

The articles I have looked at briefly are split. Some say male and others female.

Also split with some saying well known to the apostles with others saying well known as apostles.

Hehe, have fun with this assignment.

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