Monday, February 4, 2013

John Chrysostom on Woman

John Chrysostom (347-407) on the subject, singling out Junia.
How is this? A woman is honoured and proclaimed victorious! Again are we men put to shame. Or rather, we are not put to shame only, but have even an honour conferred upon us. For an honour we have, in that there are such women amongst us, but we are put to shame, in that we men are left so far behind them. But if we come to know whence it comes, that they are so adorned, we too shall speedily overtake them.

For the women of those days were more spirited than lions, sharing with the Apostles their labours for the Gospel’s sake. In this way they went traveling with them, and also performed all other ministries.

And indeed to be apostles at all is a great thing. But to be even amongst these of note, just consider what a great encomium this is! But they were of note owing to their works, to their achievements. Oh! How great is the devotion of this woman, that she should even be counted worthy of the appellation of apostle! But even here he does not stop…For after glory such as his in kind and degree, he sets others before himself, and does not hide from us the fact of his coming after them, nor ashamed of confessing this.


  1. Thank you for sharing this! I have never read John Chrysostom, I will have to check out his other writings.