Stephen Carlson wrote:
Well, you are really going to have to read the article.
I will do so, as soon as I am able. Currently I do not have access to an
academic library, but that situation is about to change in the next few
aware that one swallow does not make a summer (the classical
example is an easy one I came up with highlighting an issue
many commentators didn't even address), but the authors, Burer
and Wallace, extensively surveyed Greek literature on TLG for
their conclusions. Here is the abstract:
The identification of Junia in Rom 16.7 has been a
familiar problem in biblical interpretation. Most
studies, however, are preoccupied with the gender
of the name, assuming that Junia's apostolic status is
not in doubt. This article addresses the latter issue.
The collocation of EPISTHMOS with its adjuncts shows
that, as a rule, EPISTHMOS with a genitive personal
adjunct indicates an inclusive comparison ('outstanding
among'), while EPISTHMOS with (EN plus) the personal
dative indicates an elative notion without the
implication of inclusion ('well known to'). This study
concludes that Junia was well known to the apostles
rather than outstanding among them.
This argument is obviously stronger than the other one you cited, and it may
be I will have to reconsider after reading the article. For now, however, I
reserve my position.
JOHN E STATON