Focusing on what Paul's writings say about the nature of God and its implications for the contemporary church, Gorman presents an innovative overview of all the apostle's letters. His detailed commentary includes contextual information; careful exegesis; and insightful quotations, complemented by photographs, maps, and tables; discussion questions; and an annotated bibliography. Based on the NRSV with alternative translations from the NIV and NAB. 512 pages, softcover from Eerdmans.
Unlike the many books that treat the apostle Paul merely as a historical figure and his letters as literary relics, this new study by Michael Gorman focuses on the theological message of Pauls 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, Gormans Apostle of the Crucified Lord unpacks the many dimensions of Pauls thought carefully and holistically. Six introductory chapters provide background discussion on Pauls world, his résumé, his letters, his gospel, his spirituality, and his theology, while the main body of the book 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 interpreters 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 Pauls challenging letters.
Michael J. Gorman holds the Raymond E. Brown Chair in Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, Maryland. A highly regarded New Testament scholar, he has also written Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness and Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers.