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Junia Is Not Alone [Kindle Edition]

Scot McKnight
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Book Description

In this fierce essay, leading Bible scholar Scot McKnight tells the story of Junia, a female apostle honored by Paul in his Letter to the Romans—and then silenced and forgotten for most of church history. But Junia’s tragedy is not hers alone. She’s joined by fellow women in the Bible whose stories of bold leadership have been overlooked. She’s in the company of visionary women of God throughout the centuries whose names we’ve forgotten, whose stories go untold, and whose witness we neglect to celebrate.

But Junia is also joined by women today—women who are no longer silent and who are experiencing a re-voicing as they respond to God’s call to lead us into all truth.

McKnight, the author of over 30 books and the blogger and curator of the blog “Jesus Creed,” is a trusted, authoritative, and accessible voice on the Bible and theology. Junia Is Not Alone is a must-read for longtime followers, a valuable introduction for new readers, and a necessary call to awareness and action for the entire church.

Product Details

  • File Size: 100 KB
  • Print Length: 27 pages
  • Publisher: Patheos Press (December 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006H4PFZ8
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  • Lending: Enabled
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars McKnight's passion & conviction shine through December 2, 2011
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I've read most of the books (and articles) that Scot McKnight has written. His scholarship is sound, his writing style accessible and enjoyable. It was not a stretch for me to buy this new ebook without giving it much thought. I was not expecting what I read.

Beyond the well researched and thoroughly convincing arguments, McKnight wrote this essay with a passion and conviction that leaps off the page. This is not merely a scholars argument for a change of theology. Rather, it is a prophetic call to God's people to open our eyes, our hearts and our minds to the women of God to whom we owe so much, past and present.

You will want to get this book. You will want to get it for others.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Short, To the Point & Very Important December 2, 2011
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Scot says this in the intro:

"Why do we consider the mother/wife of Proverbs 31 an ideal female image but shush the language of the romantic Shulammite woman of the Song of Songs? Why are we so obsessed with studying the "subordination" of women to men but not a woman like Deborah, who subordinated men and enemies? Why do we believe that we are called to live out Pentecost's vision of Spirit-shaped life but ignore what Peter predicted would happen? That "(i)n the last days... your sons and daughters will prophesy. ." and that "(e)ven on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit."

Why the silence?"


I found out about this essay when I took a moment away from working on a script. As is my wont, I checked my RSS feed and saw Scot's post on his essay. I immediately bought it, and thought I'd glance at it before I continued with my work.

Well, that glance turned into reading it all. It's not that long.

I finished it with tears in my eyes.

No matter where you are in the complimentarian/egalitarian discussion, this book is truly a must read.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Making My Heart Soar December 5, 2011
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Scot McKnight's first ebook is a passionate essay on the deafening silence in preaching and teaching from the pulpit that has greeted the women who are depicted throughout the pages of the Bible. As a female seminary student who has struggled with a sense of where to fit into the body of Christ with my education and passion to teach, this quick read had me simply (and highly unintellectually) saying, "wow!" upon finishing it. I would have expected this book from a female author, but Scot McKnight reaches deep into the emotional experience of a woman by writing about the forgotten Junia and other biblical and historical women. Scot's telling of other Christian women's work and how it has been silenced touched the core of my emotions and experiences. I am happy to see by the comments that men have read it and commented. I am even more happy to know that someone else - someone who doesn't even share my gender - feels the same frustration over the treatment of women and expresses it so eloquently. Thank you, Scot McKnight!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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In this book Scot McKnight tackles Romans 16:7, which is a fairly controversial verse in the whole women in church leadership debate. For those who recall, Romans 16:7 makes reference to an apostle named "Junia." I put the name in quotes as the debate sounding this verse is limited to whether or not the Greek name is feminine (Junia) or masculine (Junias).

The crazy thing is that while history is littered by writings on this verse, the hard fact remains that all of the Greek manuscripts we have for the book of Romans lists the names as feminine (ie. Junia). Meaning, therefore, that there was a female apostle during the time of St. Paul, which, seeing that he knew of her and publicly called her "outstanding among the apostles", means that his words in Corinthians and Timothy were most likely not as limited or as universal as previously thought.

As one can imagine, some people were unable to digest this information so they did the next `best' thing: they changed the Greek word from feminine (Junia) to masculine (Junias). Interestingly enough this happened fairly "recently" - as in it was in 1927 when the German scholar Erwin Nestle changed the word in his composite Green New Testament (13th edition). Granted, he did make mention on the change in the footnote...which still does not excuse the gender change. Sadly enough this change remained even after Nestle died and Kurt Aland took over as editor...well, kinda. Aland actually when a step further and removed the footnote referencing the gender shift in 1979.

Crazily enough, Nestle and Aland were not alone. The other main Greek composite New Testament used by seminary students was published by the United Bible Society and, yes you guessed it, also had changed the gender of Junia to Junias.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Junia is Short, Engaging, Challenging, and NOT Alone December 25, 2011
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When I saw that Scot McKnight had published a Kindle Single I immediately downloaded it even though my reading schedule was already full. After our Christmas Eve service, I finally had an opportunity to sit down and check out what McKnight had to say. McKnight is an excellent Bible scholar and he has an uncanny knack for driving the reader to practical application. That is to say, Scot McKnight helps readers understand Scripture and apply that Scripture to their everyday lives.

Junia is Not Alone is a great little book that highlights a problem, tells us where the problem came from, and then challenges us to something with what we've learned.

The Problem: In Romans 16, Junia is the name of a person mentioned by Paul and described as "outstanding among the apostles"(NIV11). The issue is that Junia is a woman. But... Tradition tells us that woman are not/cannot/should not/ be apostles. But... if Junia is a woman and if she is described by Paul as an apostle than tradition would dictate that women, indeed, can and were apostles. At some point in history, this idea was deemed too confusing or too controversial and Junia became a man.

The Source of the Problem: That's right. The name Junia was changed to Junias and the issue was resolved... or so it would seem. McKnight goes to great lengths to walk the reader through the intricacies and elements of biblical translation. This was actually my favorite part of the book and a great example to how bible translation can be a tricky and difficult task. Ultimately, accurate biblical translation can occur but only when we look beyond tradition and allow the source to dictate understanding.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I already knew about Junia and the what the name ...
I already knew about Junia and the what the name was changed to make her appear to have been a man, but it was interesting to read the authors thoughts on it.
Published 18 days ago by Sandra S. Mull
5.0 out of 5 stars Learn about Junia: A Woman Apostle
Scot McKnight's Junia Is Not Alone tells us, first and foremost, the fascinating story of how the female apostle Junia has been alternately honored, dishonored, erased from history... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Michael Foret
5.0 out of 5 stars informative.
Everyone needs to know that "Junias" never existed. Junia was a female apostle. This changes everything. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rebecca M Charles
5.0 out of 5 stars Great theology
My only complaint would be: it's not long enough.
Lots of fine points. I feel encouraged to see more men nowadays empowering women. Go Scot!
Published 1 month ago by Traci 88
5.0 out of 5 stars Hey, preachers! Want to wake up your church?
Bible translation is a tough, scholarly topic, but Scot McKnight made it accessible to me. If you are a preacher wondering what in the world to speak on next Sunday, read this... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Paul Gatewood
3.0 out of 5 stars Wish he would have called me for a free copy edit.
Good stuff. Unpolished. Was rushed to publish which makes it seem less convincing. Really kind of a sad read in light of all it could have been.
Published 4 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars A call for justice for women
McKnight gives a fervent call to all of us to face the horrid reality that the Greek text of Romans 16:7 was corrupted with the express purpose of denying women their God given... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. G. Halpin
5.0 out of 5 stars Quick, imperative read
Quick, imperative read. Women have a leadership role in the church and McKnight reveals the story of the woman Paul declared as "great among the Apostles".
Published 5 months ago by mlmorgen
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book!
For what it is, it is very good. This book is not intended to be a scholarly exposition of Junia. It is written for a more general audience exhorting women in leadership to follow... Read more
Published 6 months ago by A. Vaughn
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent.
McKnight examines the politicized nature of Biblical translation in light of the tradition of the Church, exploring how a gifted female disciple had long been effectively erased... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Adam D. R. Baker
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