some of the things men have done in the past - and I agree with pederson, it's difficult to comment without sounding like a man-hater, but I'm not - are quite incomprehensible. I don't understand how or why men thought they needed to establish a hierarchy, why they needed to subjugate everyone who was different. I know fear is one of the roots of this behaviour, but what were they afraid of? what are men afraid of now when they stammer arguments against ordaining women, for example?
some of the comments of people Pederson talked to as she researched this book are strange to me - this fear of disrupting the family if women go out to work. what's that about? the whole structure of men at the head of the family comes from the hierarchical writings attributed to Paul, but not actually of Paul, and to the very hierarchical structure of the Roman Empire which was all invasive in the early centuries CE. That was an empire Paul spoke against.
some of this stuff comes from Scott's talk last night, and some from the book. funny the timing of the two, coinciding like that.
anyway, Pederson has done a great job, offering some reflections that will help many understand who Junia was, why we don't know about her, and what role the women played in the first communities of people following the Way of Jesus. I recommend it.