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Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul’s Narrative Soteriology

, 2009
ISBN: 9780802862655


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In this groundbreaking study of Paul’s soteriology, Michael Gorman builds on his influential Cruciformity: Paul’s Narrative Spirituality of the Cross to argue that cruciformity is, at its heart, theoformity—what the Christian tradition has called theosis or participation in the life of God. This book demonstrates that in God’s self-emptying in Christ, we are raised into his life. Gorman has written an accessible book that serves as a lens through which Paul’s theology can be read and understood, demonstrating that it is through Jesus Christ that we learn what God is really like.

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Key Features

  • Provides an important corrective to segmentalized approaches to Paul
  • Sheds light on the nonviolent, world-transforming character of Paul’s gospel
  • Illuminates Paul’s lively theology


  • Although/Because He Was in the Form of God
  • Justified by Faith/Crucified with Christ
  • You Shall Be Cruciform, for I Am Cruciform
  • While We Were Enemies

Praise for the Print Edition

Gorman deftly integrates the results of recent debates about Pauline theology into a powerful constructive account that overcomes unfruitful dichotomies and transcends recent controversies between the ‘New Perspective on Paul’ and its traditionalist critics. Gorman’s important book points the way forward for understanding the nonviolent, world-transforming character of Paul’s gospel.

Richard B. Hays, professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School

  • Title: Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul’s Narrative Soteriology
  • Author: Michael J. Gorman
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2009
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Pages: 206
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Jesus Christ › Crucifixion--Biblical teaching; Bible. N.T. Epistles of Paul › Theology
  • ISBN: 9780802862655
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-02-12T04:46:20Z

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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.

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  1. Erich Javier Astudillo Acevedo
    This is a thought provoking book that has open for me a new way to understand Holiness away form the Faith Vs Works debate. As a non-scholarly reader my take is this: If you want to see how the holiness of the old testament (covenant keeping holiness) finds an Christological expression in Paul this book is helpful, but only is a door to a larger reading with several authors of the new perspective on Paul to cover.

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