Friday, April 23, 2010
I have recently come across a rather "robust" review of Eldon J. Epp's book Junia Among the Apostles in Touchstone Magazine by John Hunwicke in Oxford. Some valid points are made by Hunwicke such as how Rom 16:7 gets routinely used as a bit of an egalitarian battering ram and the genuine grammatical ambiguity of Rom 16:7 itself. Still, I think that IOUNIAN was a woman and she was regarded as an apostle (Chrysostom's comments still echo in my mind on that one), though I'd probably see "apostle" in the lesser sense of messenger (Phil 2:25; 2 Cor 8:23). What is more, I don't think the Belleville writes with the same rhetorical force as Epp and I don't think she has this big "socio-cultural agenda" that Hunwicke imputes to so many. If Hunwicke wants to take on so many who go for the alternative reading from his own, he should also have included Richard Bauckham's discussion in Gospel Women.