My daily exploration of the Bible, taking it one chapter at a time. If I do it everyday, it'll take 1189 days.



Sunday, October 14, 2007

Romans 16

For the ladies. Eastern Indochinian. Republic of Dominican. Amphibian. Presbyterian.

Summary:
Be nice to Phoebe the deaconess and Priscilla and Aquila who have a housechurch. Also Andronicus and Junias - some of the best Apostles. Say hi to everyone who I know. Be welcoming to one another.

We wary of divisive people that might sprout up. Be wise and innocent. God will crush evil soon.

We all love you. Glory to God.

Key verse:
7. Greet Andronicus and Junias, my relatives who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles

My thoughts:
This is a chapter of salutations, but there are some cool things to be picked out, but most significant is the clear and authoratitive roles women appear to be playing in the early church! Phoebe is mentioned first, and she's a deaconess. Priscilla is mentioned before her husband, and leads a housechurch. Junias could well actually refer to the wife of Andronicus, Junia or Julia, which would perhaps imply that a woman was counted among the Apostle.

Pretty exciting stuff. It's not as clear as it could be, but it certainly goes a long way to showing the context of Paul's statements regarding women in other passages.

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