When it comes to figuring out who killed Junia (as in, “removed her from the record and changed her name to male”) we could pick any of a number of powerful men who added weight to the concept and value of male-only leadership.
When I first began wondering how to harmonize my church’s restrictions on women with some of the passages I found in scripture, I came across a mention of “Junia, a female, who was also an apostle” and it startled me.
“The church has not been kind to women.” That is perhaps the most profound understatement I have ever made about any subject in my life. Jesus liked women. More than that, He loved them. He treated them with dignity and respect. The same could not be said, I thought, for the religious leaders of his day.
Did twelve ordinary, uneducated men start the Church? No, God used a larger group of both men and women disciples with varying backgrounds.