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

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2004 - Religion - 610 pages
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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 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 rsum, 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 Paul s challenging letters.
 

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Contents

PAULS WORLDS The GrecoRoman Context of His Mission
1
PAULS RESUME The Mission of the Former Persecutor
40
PAULS LETTERS Apostleship in Absentia
74
PAULS GOSPEL The Good News of Christ Crucifted and Raised
98
PAULS SPIRITUALITY Covenantal Cruciform and Charismatic Communal Countercultural and New Creational
115
PAULS THEOLOGY A Dozen Fundamental Convictions
131
1 THESSALONIANS Holiness and Hope in a Pagan World
146
2 THESSALONIANS Cruciform Faithfulness and Goodness before the Parousia
167
ROMANS Gentile and Jew in Cruciform Covenant Community
338
PHILIPPIANS The Hymn of the Crucified Lord in the Cruciform Community
412
PHILEMON The Cross and the Status Quo
454
COLOSSIANS The Cosmic Crucified Christ as the Wisdom of God
471
EPHESIANS Walking Worthily of the Cosmic Crucified Christ
498
2 TIMOTHY Suffering Rather than Shame
532
1 TIMOTHY Proper Order and Conduct in Gods Household
551
TITUS Ordering Church Life and Leadership between the Epiphanies
571

GALATIANS The Sufficiency of the Cross and Spirit
183
1 CORINTHIANS Chaos and the Cross in Corinth
227
2 CORINTHIANS Pauls Defense of Cruciform Ministry
287
EPILOGUE Paul Our Contemporary
580
Scripture Index
593
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About the author (2004)

Michael J. Gorman is professor of New Testament and early church history and dean of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, Maryland.

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