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Apostle of the Crucified Lord: A Theological Introduction to Paul and His Letters, Second Edition
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Apostle of the Crucified Lord: A Theological Introduction to Paul and His Letters, Second Edition


Eerdmans 2017

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This comprehensive and widely used text by Michael Gorman presents a theologically focused, historically grounded interpretation of the apostle Paul and raises significant questions for engaging Paul today. After providing substantial background information on Paul's world, career, letters, gospel, spirituality, and theology, Gorman covers in full detail each of the thirteen Pauline epistles. Enhancing the text are questions for reflection and discussion at the end of each chapter as well as numerous photos, maps, and tables throughout.

The new introduction in this second edition helpfully situates the book within current approaches to Paul. Gorman also brings the conversation up-to-date with major recent developments in Pauline studies and devotes greater attention to themes of participation, transformation, resurrection, justice, and peace.

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Key Features

  • Provides an introduction to Paul that is theological, historical, and literary
  • Accessible lays out the centrality of the gospel in Paul: the crucified and resurrected Christ
  • Establishes a foundation for understanding the larger field of Pauline studies


  • Introduction: Approaching Paul Perspectives on the Apostle
  • Paul’s World(s): The Greco- Roman Context of His Mission
  • Paul’s Résumé: The Mission of the Former Persecutor
  • Paul’s Letters: Apostleship in Absentia
  • Paul’s Gospel: The Good News of Christ Crucified and Raised
  • Paul’s Spirituality: Participation and Transformation in Christ
  • Paul’s Theology: A Dozen Fundamental Convictions
  • 1 Thessalonians: Holiness and Hope in Faithful Witness to a Pagan World
  • 2 Thessalonians: Cruciform Endurance and Goodness before the Parousia
  • Galatians: The Sufficiency of Christ and the Spirit
  • 1 Corinthians: Chaos, the Cross, and the Spirit in Corinth
  • 2 Corinthians: Paul’s Defense of Spirit-Filled, Cruciform Life and Ministry
  • Romans: Gentile and Jew in Cruciform: Covenant Community in Christ
  • Philippians: The Master Story of the Crucified, Exalted Lord: in the Cruciform, Missional Community
  • Philemon: The Cross and the Status Quo
  • Colossians: The Cosmic, Crucified Christ: as the Fullness and Wisdom of God
  • Ephesians: One New Humanity, Walking Worthy of the: Cosmic, Crucified, Peacemaking Christ
  • 1 Timothy: Suffering Rather than Shame
  • 2 Timothy: Proper Order and Conduct in God’s Household
  • Titus: Ordering Church Life and Leadership: between the Epiphanies
  • Epilogue: Paul Our Contemporary

Praise for the Print Edition

Michael Gorman enviably combines simplicity of presentation with profound originality. The present work, enhanced in this new edition, is simultaneously an accessible textbook and an exposition of challenging new ideas which all Pauline scholars must take seriously. A book to draw in the beginner and to compel the expert into fresh reflection.

—N. T. Wright, University of St. Andrews

Gorman's learned, sustained, inclusive advocacy of participation as the center of Paul's gospel is one of the key features of the modern scholarly landscape. This second edition of his balanced yet probing introduction to Paul's thought is therefore profoundly welcome.

—Douglas A. Campbell, Duke Divinity School

The best introduction to Paul and his letters just got better!

—Michael F. Bird, Ridley College, Melbourne

Product Details

  • Title: Apostle of the Crucified Lord: A Theological Introduction to Paul and His Letters, Second Edition
  • Author: Michael J. Gorman
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 731
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Topic: Pauline Studies

About Michael J. Gorman

Michael J. Gorman holds the Raymond E. Brown Chair in Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary's Seminary & University, Baltimore, Maryland. A highly regarded New Testament scholar, he has also written Cruciformity, Inhabiting the Cruciform God, Becoming the Gospel, and several other works.

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