Tuesday, September 9, 2008

If Junian is short for Junianus, then Amy is a guy's nickname too: The Romans 16:7 debacle

Junia: The First Woman Apostle Junia: The First Woman Apostle by Eldon Jay Epp

My review

rating: 4 of 5 stars
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 how far cultural biases can sway not only Biblical interpretation, but translations as well. The issues discussed in Epp's finely organized study, are still being felt today. By the end of the book you may find yourself thinking the same thing I did- "Why wasn't this issue on CNN? It's mind blowing!"

and it is. check it out. Or read my 15 page paper on the Junia debate :)

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Chris said...

Where can one find your 15 page paper? Thanks!

Unknown said...

here ya go