Garry Wills in “Papal sin” (page 115) claims that one of Jesus’s apostles was a woman: Junia of Romans 16:7: “Greet Andronicus and Junia, my relatives and my fellow prisoners; they are prominent among the apostles and they were in Christ before me.” This is intended some to show that women could be priests and/or bishops.
The footnote in my NAB says “The name Junia is a woman’s name. Once ancient Greek manuscript and a number of ancient versions read the name “Julia.” Most editors have interpreted it as a man’s name, Junias.”
Garry Wills book “Papal Sin” claims, “By the ninth century, it shocked misogynist-conditoned Christians that Junia, a woman, was called an apostle - so they marked a different accent on the word to change her into a man, Junias, though that name is attested nowhere else.”
Garry Wills has a bad habit of distorting or getting wrong a lot of things in the Church. What is he leaving out this time? What’s the scoop on this issue?