Unlike the many books tha treat the apostle Paul merely as a historical figure and his letters as literary relics, this study by Michael Gorman focuses on the theological message of Paul's writings, particularly what they have to say to the contemporary church.
An innovative and comprehensive treatment of Paul, including commentary on all of the Pauline letters, Gorman's Apostle of the Crucified Lord unpacks the many dimensions of Paul's thought carefully and holistically. Six introductory chapters provide background discussion on Paul's world, his resume, his letters, his gospel, his spirituality, and his theology, while the main body of the work covers in turn and in full detail each of the Pauline epistles. Gorman gives the context of each letter, offers a careful reading of the text, and colors his words with insightful quotations from earlier interpretations of Paul. Enhancing the text itself are questions for reflection and discussion at the end of each chapter and numerous photos, maps, and tables throughout. All in all, Apostle of the Crucified Lord is the ideal book for students and any other readers interested in seriously engaging Paul's challenging letters.
"This is the best textbook on Paul I have found. It is written in a very accessible style to student sof different levels, and at the same time it is a deep exploration of what lies at the heart of Paul's theological vision. Michael Gorman provides a sure and steady guide to Paul, contextualizing his life, letters, and theology every step of the way. Gorman's ability to emphasize the stories of the churches underlying Paul's letters- the story within each letter- is a particularly welcome feature of the book." -Jeffrey S. Siker, Loyola Marymount University
"This fine book is accessible and informed, insightful and engaging. With well-chosen emphases, Michael Gorman provides a comprehensive, clearly arranged discussion of Paul as apostle, pastoral theologian, and writer of very important letters." -Warren Carter, Saint Paul School of Theology
Michael J. Gorman is professor of New Testament and early church history and dean of th eEcumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, Maryland. He is also the author of Cruciformity: Paul's Narrative Spirituality of the Cross (Eerdmans).