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I suggest changing men to persons or people. Thanks. ~ Tobit 4:19 02:53, January 24, 2017 (UTC)
This article is about the historical office of apostle -- one held by only men in the first century. Depending on interpretation, there were from thirteen to less than twenty such men. We do not have to use gender neutral terms when the historical and Biblical evidence is so clear. Thank you, however, for the suggestion.SouthWriter (talk) 03:10, January 24, 2017 (UTC)
- There is a mention of two Jews who are apostles, one of which may have been a woman. Here is the verse:
Romans 16:7 (NIV) "Greet Andronicus and Junia, my fellow Jews who have been in prison with me. They are outstanding among the apostles, and they were in Christ before I was."
- Junia (whose name in other manuscripts is "Junias") may have been a woman, allowing for some apostles to be women. 12:32, January 24, 2017 (UTC)
- To add on to this (though I don't know much abotu AChild's statement), the Apostles were men, so there is no reason for us to good to be "plotically correct", "men" is more accruate than "people". I understand you come from a varying viewpoint, but on this wiki we cannot go out of our way to be politically correct. There is nothing wrong with it, but we cannot loose accuracy or using biblical language (which literally used the masculine word "man" oftentimes, many cases "people" is a newer way of intrepreting it) and patterns for the sake of being gender-inclusive. Gender inclusivity is not evil, however many try to conform the Bible to be acceptable to the modern world, which we cannot do.
- In Christ,
- Superdadsuper, Bible Wiki Administrator & Bureaucrat
- The particular reference in Romans is the use of the term in a more general sense. It is somewhat akin to the use of the term angelos for messenger rather than the expected heavenly being. In this case, the couple, probably husband and wife, were working in a pagan city on behalf of Christ and His Church. They were "missionaries" which is a Latin based term for "those sent on a mission" -- a translation of the word apostolos. --SouthWriter (talk) 03:13, January 27, 2017 (UTC)