About

This is the blog of Michael J. Gorman. I am a professor at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, Maryland, where I hold the Raymond E. Brown Chair in Biblical Studies and Theology— a United Methodist in a Catholic institution with strong ecumenical commitments. My goal as a a biblical theologian is to bring every thought captive to Christ — that is, Christ crucified, resurrected, and coming, with special emphasis on the cross as the definitive self-revelation of the triune God.

I may be reached by email at: mjg [at] michaeljgorman.net

Michael J. Gorman—Detailed Biographical Information
Michael J. Gorman is the Raymond E. Brown Professor of Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary & University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He joined St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute faculty in 1991, becoming Associate Dean of the Ecumenical Institute and a member of the Seminary faculty in 1993. He was appointed Dean of St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute in 1995 and served in that capacity through June of 2012. Prior to taking the Raymond E. Brown Chair, he was Professor of Sacred Scripture and, before that, Professor of New Testament and Early Church History.

Dr. Gorman is a New Testament scholar who specializes especially in the letters, theology, and spirituality of the apostle Paul. He is associated with the “participationist perspective” on Paul’s theology. His additional specialties are the book of Revelation, theological and missional interpretation of Scripture, the gospel of John, and early Christian ethics. In addition, he has a strong interest in the relationship between church and culture.

Dr. Gorman was born and raised in Anne Arundel County, Maryland, graduating from Glen Burnie High School in Glen Burnie, Maryland. He earned his B.A. degree summa cum laude in French from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. He received the M.Div. and the Ph.D. cum laude in New Testament from Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey, where he was also a teaching fellow in New Testament and an instructor in New Testament Greek. He has also been a visiting professor at Duke Divinity School, Regent College, Carey Baptist College, and Wesley Theological Seminary. He has also been a visiting professor at two theological schools in Africa, one Catholic and one Protestant.

Dr. Gorman is the author of nearly twenty books (see “My BOOKS” page) and more than sixty articles on Biblical interpretation and on ethics. Among his books are several on Paul: Cruciformity: Paul’s Narrative Spirituality of the Cross (2001); Apostle of the Crucified Lord: A Theological Introduction to Paul and His Letters (2004; 2nd edition, 2017); Reading Paul (2008); Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul’s Narrative Soteriology (2009); and Becoming the Gospel: Paul, Participation, and Mission (2015). He is also working on a brief commentary on Romans. Cruciformity, Inhabiting the Cruciform God, and Becoming the Gospel constitute a trilogy. His book Participating in Christ: Explorations in Paul’s Theology and Spirituality will appear in the summer of 2019. He has written two Grove booklets, Peace in Paul and Luke (2015) and Participation: Paul’s Vision of Life in Christ (2018).

His other books (not on Paul) include The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant: A (Not So) New Model of the Atonement (2014); Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness: Following the Lamb Into the New Creation (2011); Scripture: An Ecumenical Introduction to the Bible and Its Interpretation (editor; 2005); Holy Abortion? A Theological Critique of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (with Ann Loar Brooks; 2003); Elements of Biblical Exegesis (2001; rev. and exp. 2009); and Abortion and the Early Church (1982). He is also the editor of Scripture and its Interpretation: A Global, Ecumenical Introduction to the Bible (2017).

Dr. Gorman was the 2005 recipient of The Fortress Press Award for Innovative Teaching in Graduate Schools and Seminaries, theological education’s “teacher of the year” award. He also sits on several editorial councils and other professional biblical studies committees. A United Methodist, Dr. Gorman is an active layperson and a popular teacher at colleges, seminaries, churches, and conferences representing many traditions. He and his wife Nancy, a retired French teacher, have three adult children and six grandchildren. Their older son, Rev. Dr. Mark Gorman, is a pastor and theologian who is also on the faculty of St. Mary’s Ecumenical Institute.

In addition to traditional academic study and teaching, Dr. Gorman is an avid traveler and has led several study trips to Greece/Turkey/Rome and to France/Switzerland. He has also also traveled to Israel/Palestine and taught in Cameroon.


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