Is Junia the first female apostle?
Ed Sanders told Mark about a woman apostle at 16:7 when he was at Oxford in the 1980s. This was a long time before women started to become ordained into the Church of England.
Why is it that people do not know about Junia?
In context Paul is greeting people he knows. Andronicus and Junia are prominent among the apostles. In older translations, people presupposed Junia could only be a man. The original language proves that her name is feminine. There are many examples of this female name. Andronicus and Junia are a married couple. We have a female name and she is prominent among the apostles and it is only relatively recently that translators have presupposed her male. The early church father Chrysostom accepted she was female.
Scholars who accept that she is female are in the majority but if unhappy with this, some translators (Wallace etc) are only holding Junia as esteemed highly BY the apostles. Even those who admit that this is possible, admit also that it is highly unlikely. It would be rather an odd thing for Paul to say the apostles highly esteem Junia without including himself amongst that group doing the esteeming.
Hear in full here.
Interesting how the ESV translate it as:
ESV 7 Greet Andronicus and Junia, my kinsmen and my fellow prisoners. They are well known to the apostles, and they were in Christ before me.
How can we believe that there is no bias there?