Junia is Not Alone

Junia is Not Alone December 2, 2011

I’ve got a new e-book available, and it’s called Junia is Not Alone.

It’s cheap: only $2.99. It’s so new at Amazon there’s no cover on the Amazon page yet. The cover is now posted at Amazon.

This is my first adventure into the e-book world, and so this is an exciting day. The book is published through Patheos Press, the host of my blog.

What’s  Junia is Not Alone about?

It’s about Junia from Romans 16:7. It tells the story of Junia in the history of the Bible, and it shows how her story mirrors the story of women in the Bible, in the history of the church, and in our current world where many women are finding their voice.

Take a look at it and help us spread the word about this book.

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  • Pete Garcia

    Hmm..do I purchase this because I’m an egalitarian and am interested in this topic or because I love Words With Friends? I have to think about this.

  • Scot, you were the first person to introduce me to the story of Junia, and for that I am so grateful. Can’t wait to read this one!

  • Scot can you describe the book a bit more. It appears to be fairly short by file size.

  • Scot McKnight

    Adam, I described it above, and yes it’s a short e-book —

  • Scot McKnight

    Pete, you fit in our family … most of them (not I) play the game!

  • Richard

    Awesome! So timely based on a conversation I just had to encourage a female pastor in our community.

  • Scot

    Is this a fictional-history or are you reconstructing an accurate representation of Junia’s life/ministry through historical sources?

    What sources would you use to tell the story of Junia given she appears in 1 verse in the NT?


  • Scot,

    Stopped what I was doing when I saw this post. Bought the eBook. Read it via the Kindle app on my Mac laptop. Finished it with tears.

    As I say elsewhere, it’s worth far more than the $2.99. Thank you for writing it.

    And to MikeB – the only fiction in the book is that created by those who turned Junia into Junias as well documented by Scot.

  • Scot McKnight


    What Bill Kinnon said.

    No fiction at all.

  • yay! Getting it for our daughter’s Christmas present, for the Kindle she’s taking to Japan — and I hope it’s shareable w/ my new Kindle, too.

  • Scot/Bill

    Thanks, and was not saying Junia was not a female. I was curious given the limited info in the book writeup and the limited data to work with in the NT regarding Junia, what the approach was.

    Given the NonFiction approach will have to give it a read. What sources other than Rom 16:7 did you use (or is that documented in the book)?


  • O, Bryant

    Will a hard copy be available?

  • My wife and I were very excited to read this. Our little Junia is sleeping upstairs (she’s 2). Her older brothers are called Caleb and Elijah, and we wanted to give her a strong name to live into and towards too. When we first heard the story of Junia it resonated with some of our experiences of seeing strong women silenced here in the churches of Northern Ireland.

    We’re actually a bit disappointed we can’t buy a paper copy to give our daughter when she’s a bit older!

  • Scot McKnight

    MikeB. All we’ve got on Junia is Rom 16:7, but she has a long history in the church and her story mirrors the story of women in the church.

  • The passing away of patriarchy – and all “master-slave” relationships – is a sign of the Kingdom, ever coming yet already present:


  • Hey, Scot, why no NOOK version? And yes: will there be a hard copy coming out? Perhaps using Amazon’s POD service?


  • Thanks Scot, just ordered it and will give it a read.

  • Scot McKnight

    NOOK, Jeremy? That is SO 2010.

    Never heard of POD services.

    I’m of no use, but the Patheos folks are reading this post.

  • Mark Mathewson


    Especially at this time of year, let’s not forget about another important prophet – Anna (Luke 2:36-38).

  • Pat Pope

    As others above have asked, will a hard copy or an e-copy to read online be available for us non-e-readers?

  • Scot McKnight

    Pat, I think there’s a Kindle app for our computers, no?

    See comment #8.

  • Sue Gillespie

    Bought and downloaded…can’t wait to read it!

  • Scot McKnight

    jeremy, the Nook version will be Monday or early next week. They have to “change the ribbon” and throw the carriage I guess.

  • Thanks, Scot….hopefully others will tolle lege

  • Wes Horn


    Just finished it. Wonderful & Helpful. I will be telling our congregation about it Sunday. Thank you.

    Grace & Peace,


  • MattR

    Downloaded it on my Kindle!

    Can’t wait to dive into it this weekend. Thanks for this essay Scot… this is a topic we need a lot more on from the ‘pro ministry’ perspective.

  • Bought this for my daughter as soon as I saw it. She’s a 21 year-old blue parakeet learning to fly 🙂

  • What a Christmas gift it was to see this post. Thanks! I will download the book.

  • Anna

    Downloaded. Looking forward to it. Loved the Blue Parakeet!

  • Scot, you old timer you 😉 …POD means Print On Demand. As in you can make this fine scholarly specimen available in print format yourself through Amazon’s POD service at createspace.com. Upload a PDF copy and peeps can buy a physical book without any print or warehouse costs to you (shhh…don’t tell Johnny Raymond!). Could be worth looking into as some others like myself are still into physical book copies, especially as reference volumes for good scholarship. But I will also take my nook copy, thank you very much 🙂


  • Just finished reading it, Scot. What a gift! It is the most passionate writing I’ve ever read of yours- and for good reason! Thanks.

  • Got it Scot… thanks! Now I just have to make time to read it. (Fortunately, I can also make use of Kindle’s text to speech and get it on the iPod to listen to. Oh how I wish they would add that feature to the OSX or iOS version!)

  • Just read it – thanks so much, Scot. I’ll be posting about this one and encouraging some of the many women I’m discovering in this crazy world of the internet, women whose churches still do not acknowledge the call of God on women to teach and to preach. My own story is a bit like Alice’s – it was in community that my gifts were identified, called out and encouraged. Seminary at 44, first paid pastoral role at 52, retired at the end of 2010 after 17 years. A life I never dreamed possible as I was raising my kids and fitting into the ‘traditional’ roles that my upbringing prescribed for me. Your voice is a powerful one in this discussion – thanks for making this strong essay so easily available. I will be pushing it – hard.

  • Emily

    I just read it and…wow. Thank you for this powerful work, Scot.

  • Scot,

    Just finished the essay last night. Appreciate your documenting women in ministry through history.

    Just a note to other readers so they go in with the right expectations. The essay does not cover the history of the person Junia and the churches she planted or other ministries she was involved in using sources like Eusebius etc. It focuses on Rom 16:7 and covers the history of the translation of her name from feminine to masculine and back to feminine.

    Based on the content, now the comment from Bill make more sense too, when I first posted.


  • Dana

    I just read it. My goodness. Thank you Scot. Thank you.

  • J

    Thank you for your passionate stand for women in ministry. It is encouraging to see strong, godly men stand up for equality in the church. I’m very encouraged! And, I loved the e-book.

    Just out of curiosity, where do you think scholarship needs to go (or develop) regarding women in ministry? What other books do you think need to be written? Or is it more a matter of “evangelizing” the conservative with already existing scholarship?

  • Scot McKnight

    J #37,

    The biggest issue is giving women a voice, and that means males stepping aside or promoting women who are gifted to lead and teach and preach.

    Scholarship: more stuff about women in the ancient world, about women in the early church, and women in church history … many whose stories are untold.

  • E.G.

    Bought it last night when I saw this post. Read it this morning before breakfast.

    Thanks for saying this, and for saying it forcefully but with grace. I’ll definitely be referring others to this.

  • Terry

    I too bought it and read it right after seeing the post. I’ve come to this point in my life well-equipped with a ‘women need to be silent in the church’ tradition and bias; so ingrained in my history is a different story directed towards women in the church that I continue to find moving forward a challenge, though forward is very, very worthwhile.

    Scot, thank you for challenging us, for challenging me, and doing so with humility and style.

  • Just bought it. Read it. Loved it, actually cried in parts.

    Thank you for your voice and your scholarship.

  • The word “beautiful” comes to mind as I read this … thanks …

  • Scot, thank you so, so much for writing this–and for writing with so much passion! It always astonishes me how people can treat women’s standing in church like an unimportant secondary issue–as if it doesn’t have a significant impact on more than half the individuals making up the church! I’ve read many books on this subject (including Blue Parakeet) but the fact that you were spoke with power, passion and emotion on this subject had a huge impact on me. Complimentarians give very impassioned arguments–egals often keep it more academic.

    So, thank you. I felt a little like one of the “big kids in class” finally got fed up, stood up, and told the bullies to leave us alone. Not that I expect the “bullying” to stop, but it’s nice to know that someone really, truly, passionately cares.

  • Just read this.. So good.

    Wondering though… why didn’t you include the names of the women you mention in “In Being Silenced, Junia is Not Alone” or did I miss a footnote?

    Thanks so much for this short read. Already recommending it to friends and peers.

  • Robert McDowell

    Thanks, Scot. Just finished your, “King Jesus Gospel” and appreciated your definition of “gospel.” Great stuff!

  • Just because I prefer to support non-Amazon outlets whenever possible, I note that the e-book is available through Barnes and Noble via this link.

  • David,

    The names of the women were held until the end of the lecture when it was originally given at Fuller. In case the exclusion of them in the actual e-book is intentional (I confess I haven’t read the e-book version yet. Only just bought it), I’ll let Scot answer that (or, if he raises no objection, I can send them from my notes via e-mail, but you’ll need to e-mail me privately. You can find an e-mail link via my blog link here).

  • Thank you so much!! I was encouraged by reading it, especially after reading a strange post by another Christian leader (@challies?) saying women should not read scripture out loud in church. (Sigh).

    Things are changing and at the same time are very much the same. As someone who is striving to find her voice, I want to thank you for your bright insight, scholarship and encouragement that ours are necessary!

    Where does one begin in studying “women in the ancient world, about women in the early church, and women in church history … many whose stories are untold.”

  • Robin Dugall

    As usual, another McKnight classic! Your most passionate literary expressions as of yet…I’ve never “seen” you as a screamer…but dude, you were preachin’ this one! Woa! My hair was blown back…I was pulling some serious “g’s”…and then I realized, “oh, it’s just Scot being justifiably passionate.” Imagine my surprise!

    Seriously, great work…now, I’m going to order and read the Epp book!

    You just cost me another $20!


  • RJS

    Wow Robin … How could anyone resist buying it after that testimonial.

  • The names of the women appear at the end of the essay. Keep reading, you’ll find them – I had the same question as I read, but it was answered by the end.

  • Bought it. Loved it. Recommended it. Thanks Scot!

  • Thanks for the nook version. I’m looking forward to it.

  • Rethie

    Did the $2.99 become $4.99 because it’s so popular? Or is it just Amazon punishing me for living in Africa? (“Includes free international wireless delivery” – since e-mail’s so expensive.) Tried the Nook one, but “this product in not available in your country”. Grrr. We shall overcome. 8-D

  • scotmcknight

    Rethie, someone from Denmark said it cost more than 2.99 there, too. I don’t know anything about pricing on Amazon. Sorry.

  • I can’t say much more but oh, thank you.

  • Kevin Glenn

    Thanks Scot! I’m eager to read and share!

  • Read “Junia Is Not Alone” on Sunday. I recommend it highly for those who are thinking through issues of women in teaching ministry.

  • I hope Scot would consider this project in the same vein as John Shore’s latest
    “UNFAIR:Why the “Christian” View of Gays Doesn’t Work.” It took long enough for evangelicals to throw their suport behind equality for women, here’s to hoping this isn’t as “radical” as they’re willing to be. The struggle for GLBTQ inclusion and affirmation in the church cannot be separated from the women’s issue, either socially or hermeneutically. I applaud Scot on this book, as well as his argument in “The Blue Parakeet,” but we need someone like Scot from the evangelical world to affirm John’s project as well, if not write a book about it.

    John’s book can be found here:

  • Trying to figure out how to send you a personal email, but don’t have the time or patience. The question is this…after reading this article http://www.reclaimingthemind.org/blog/2011/07/top-ten-theologians-an-introduction/ I wonder what you would say as your top 10+ FEMALE theologians?

    Also, reviewed your Junia e-book on my blog. Bravo. And thank you!!!

  • Esther

    I’m trying to avoid writing my last papers for my Master’s degree (Seminary) so I purchased your book and I cannot wait to read it! 😀

  • weepy

    Beautiful, just beautiful. I wept softly in the corner.

  • Thanks yet again, Scot, for saying something that needed just the right touch of truth and indignation! Read most of it on my commute home last night and the rest this morning. I ended up reflecting on the great leaders and teachers in my upbringing who happened to be women, and posted their names on Facebook today. Thanks for your ministry!

  • Constanza

    Thanks so much for writing on Junia. I have a home for young women and would love a dozen hard copies for study. Is that at all possible?……..In Christ Constanza

  • Just finished reading it. Informative and full of insights. I enjoyed it as I have your previous work. I have shared it with others, clergy friends and others. I like the call to action too!

  • DL

    Hi Scott,
    I am from Singapore – Kindle is not supported here. Is there another way i can purchase a copy of this ebook?

    Much appreciation!

  • scotmcknight

    DL, I’m sorry, but not yet. Within a year or so, though.

  • vedha

    I am from India, im doing my thesis on “Apostleship of Junia” so i want to get this book how i will get?

  • scotmcknight

    It’s an e-book.