Hardly. And there is a great review in Touchstone magazine of a recent book on the subject of Junia, who, according to St Paul, was “well known among the apostles” (Rom 16:7).
I remember when the subject of women’s ordination was first debated in the Synod of the Lutheran Church of Australia in 2000, one pastor got up and spoke endlessly trying to prove that “Junias” in Romans was really “Junia” and therefore women should be ordained.
Well, the problem is NOT, as many have often assumed, whether Junia was a woman or not. The universal evidence and agreement, including that of all Catholic tradition, is that she was. The question is what is meant by “outstanding among the apostles”, and what consequences (if any) follow upon that fact.
John Hunwicke, in “Junia among the Apostles” spells it all out. It is unlikely that Paul was implying that Junia WAS an apostle, and even if the term could have been applied to her, there is even less logic in the argument that this provides theological support for the ordination of women.
P.S. HT to Dr William Tighe for sending me the original article.