The following books may be purchased by following the link to Amazon.com or, in certain cases, the publisher (for a better deal):
Books on the Apostle Paul
1. Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul’s Narrative Soteriology (Eerdmans, 2009)
This richly synthetic reading of Paul offers a compelling argument that the heart of Paul’s soteriology lies in theosis—the incorporation of God’s people into the life and character of the God revealed in the cross. Michael 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, Duke Divinity School
In this pioneering work Michael Gorman offers a fresh way to view Paul’s understanding of justification and holiness. Cutting a new path through old territory, Gorman leads us to a vision of holiness and justification rooted in the transforming power of nonviolence and the cross. His work will provide pastors with new insights for preaching and scholars with new ways to address old questions.
—Frank Matera, The Catholic University of America
2. Reading Paul (Cascade, 2008)
This splendid introduction to the Apostle Paul is the best book of its kind: concise, wise, insightful, thoroughly conversant with the best recent scholarship, yet thoroughly clear and readable. Against the numerous distorted preconceptions that occlude our reading of Paul, Gorman brilliantly sketches a picture of Paul’s gospel as a gracious, world-transforming message of peace and reconciliation. I will assign this as required reading for students in my introductory New Testament course and put it in the hands of as many pastors and laypeople as possible.
—Richard Hays, Duke Divinity School
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3. Apostle of the Crucified Lord: A Theological Introduction to Paul and His Letters (Eerdmans, 2004)
This is the best textbook on Paul I have found. It is written in a very accessible style to students of different levels, and at the same time it is a deep exploration of what lies at the heart of Paul’s theological vision. Michael Gorman provides a sure and steady guide to Paul, contextualizing his life, letters, and theology every step of the way. Gorman’s ability to emphasize the stories of the churches underlying Paul’s letters—the story within each letter—is a particularly welcome feature of this book.
—Jeffrey Siker, Loyola Marymount University
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4. Cruciformity: Paul’s Narrative Spirituality of the Cross (Eerdmans, 2001)
In Cruciformity, Michael Gorman rigorously works through the ways in which Paul narrates himself into the ongoing drama of God’s salvation revealed in the cross and resurrection. Gorman’s accessible prose nicely displays how Paul comes to understand and embody a life that seeks to be conformed to the cross of Christ. In an age when spirituality is often simply a mask for self-projection and self-assertion, Gorman’s Paul reminds Christians that such vital matters as faith, hope. love, and power should be shaped by the story of the crucified and resurrected one rather than by our own whims and desires. This book is readable and timely, and it will enhance the lives of contemporary Christians.
—Stephen Fowl, Loyola College in Maryland
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Book on the Atonement
The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant: A (Not So) New Model of the Atonement. Go to Amazon
Book on Revelation
Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness: Following the Lamb Into the New Creation . Go to Amazon.
Books on the Interpretation of Scripture
1. Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers (rev. and exp. ed.; Hendrickson, 2009; orig. 2001)
No one ever became an exegete by reading a book on exegesis. The gift of Michael Gorman’s book is that he knows that exegetes are born through practice, practice, and more practice. And he invites his readers into just the practices they need, providing them with a rich array of helps along the way. Beginners and improvers alike will benefit from this revised and expanded edition.
—Beverly Roberts Gaventa, Princeton Theological Seminary
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2. Scripture: An Ecumenical Introduction to the Bible and its Interpretation (Hendrickson, 2005)
This is a splendidly conceived and excellently executed volume. It covers an amazing amount of ground—much more than the proverbial bird’s eye view, but never allows itself to get lost in fine detail. A beginning student… could not ask for a better or clearer introduction to the study of the Bible.
—James D. G. Dunn, University of Durham
Books on Christian Ethics
1. Holy Abortion? A Theological Critique of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (with Ann Loar Brooks; Wipf and Stock, 2003)
In the abortion debate, the different sides often hurl accusations at one another that lack adequate backing. That is why this book is so important. Michael Gorman and Ann Loar Brooks have read what the other side actually says, and the results startle. At least the results should startle anyone who cares about the protection of life. Hopefully Holy Abortion? will be a wake-up call for all who have let the stridency about this issue lull them into indifference. Christians simply cannot give up our commitments to the care of unborn life. This book makes radically clear why that is the case.
—Stanley Hauerwas, Duke Divinity School
In Holy Abortion, authors Gorman and Brooks have explicated the position of RCRC with astonishing patience and fairness, and ably shown its inconsistency with mainline positions. This book will be invaluable not only to current church leaders, but also to future generations of scholars, who will struggle to understand how the church of Jesus Christ could have descended into this bizarre embrace of death as an emblem of freedom.
2. Abortion and the Early Church: Christian, Jewish, and Pagan Attitudes in the Greco-Roman World (Wipf and Stock, 1998; orig., InterVarsity, 1982)
Books in Progress
The Self, the Lord, and the Other: Theological Ethics in The Apostle Paul and the Stoic Epictetus
Pauline Spirituality for Church and Ministry