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Books on the Apostle Paul

1. Becoming the Gospel: Paul, Participation, and Mission (Eerdmans, 2015)

Becoming the Gospel

Praise for Becoming the Gospel:

Michael Barram
— author of Mission and Moral Reflection in Paul
“Michael Gorman has written another superb and groundbreaking exegetical study. He understands mission in Paul’s letters not merely in an evangelistic sense but comprehensively — as something rooted in divine purposiveness, in the divine mission. By asking fresh, critical, missional questions, Gorman illustrates the significance of mission as an interpretive rubric — for Paul, for his communities, and for his contemporary interpreters. This important book merits — and will richly reward — a wide readership among Pauline scholars, missiologists, and ministry practitioners alike.”

Dean Flemming
— author of Recovering the Full Mission of God: A Biblical Perspective on Being, Doing, and Telling
“This book is a tour de force in missional hermeneutics. With clear exegesis and fresh theological insights, Gorman uncovers Paul’s rich and comprehensive understanding of the mission of God. The book’s central thesis, that Paul expected all Christians not only to believe the gospel, but to becomethe gospel, and thus to further the gospel, is completely convincing. Yet this study also packs a powerful contemporary message, challenging Christian communities to hear Paul’s invitation tobecome the gospel, in word and deed, where they live.”

Chris Tilling
— author of Paul’s Divine Christology
“Gorman’s reading of Paul resonates with the real concerns and questions of ecclesial communities as much as it challenges the paradigms of professional New Testament scholars. . . . Combining exegesis of Paul’s letters with hermeneutics and missiology, Gorman throws new light on old debates such as those involving the language of God’s righteousness and various participatory themes. One of the leading Pauline scholars of our age, Gorman writes in ways that resonate with the missional concerns of the gospel itself.”

Becoming the Gospel exhibits all of the admirable qualities for which Gorman is known: careful research, lucid prose, and (unfailingly) keen insights. . . . Gorman is a gift to the Holy Community, and the more we hear from him the better.”

The Bible Today
“This is the third in a trilogy of exemplary and substantial works on Paul’s theology by Michael Gorman. . . . Here Gorman turns to the role of mission in Paul’s theology. In Paul’s perspective the Christian is not only to believe in and be transformed by the act of God through the crucified and risen Christ but also to become part of a community that itself embodies and enacts that saving mission to the world. As Gorman ably demonstrates, mission is integral to Paul’s vision of the Christian life.”

Christian Century
“Gorman’s contributions are incisive. Not only will this book fuel sermons and educational sessions, it could be especially useful for groups trying to articulate a congregation’s sense of identity and mission.”

Mission Today
“Here levelheaded exegesis of the Pauline Letters, excellent hermeneutics, and sound Missiology combine to give us a number of valuable insights. . . . Gorman is a reliable guide for those who wish to learn to reread Paul missionally.”

Spirit & Life
“In this detailed treatment of Paul’s letters, Gorman argues that Paul invites Christian communities, then and now, to participate in the life and mission of God. . . . For me, Gorman’s book opened up new perspectives and fields of inquiry.”

2. Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul’s Narrative Soteriology (Eerdmans, 2009)


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

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

3. Reading Paul (Cascade, 2008)


Reading Paul (Cascade Companions)

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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4. Apostle of the Crucified Lord: A Theological Introduction to Paul and His Letters (Eerdmans, 2004, 2nd ed., 2017)

Apostle--2nd ed.

Praise for the second edition:

N. T. Wright
—University of St. Andrews
“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.”

Douglas A. Campbell
—Duke Divinity School
“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.”

Michael F. Bird
—Ridley College, Melbourne
“The best introduction to Paul and his letters just got better!”

Frank J. Matera
—Catholic University of America
“I have used Michael Gorman’s introduction to Paul with both undergraduate and graduate students. In my experience it is the best available introduction to Paul and his letters. Theological as well as historical and literary in its approach, it introduces students to what they need to know about Paul and his letters. The appearance of this revised and updated edition is good news for all who love and teach Paul.”

Susan Eastman
—Duke Divinity School
“In this accessible book written for a wide audience, Gorman charts a journey to the transformative heart of Paul’s gospel: the crucified and resurrected Messiah.”

Praise for the first edition:

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

5. Cruciformity: Paul’s Narrative Spirituality of the Cross (Eerdmans, 2001)

Cruciformity: Paul's Narrative Spirituality of the Cross

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. Scripture and its Interpretation: A Global, Ecumenical Introduction to the Bible (Baker Academic, Spring 2017)


Scripture and its Interpretation


2. Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers (rev. and exp. ed.; Hendrickson–now with Baker Academic, 2009; orig. 2001)

Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers

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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3. Scripture: An Ecumenical Introduction to the Bible and its Interpretation (Hendrickson–now with Baker Academic, 2005)

Scripture: An Ecumenical Introduction To The Bible and its Interpretation

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)

Holy Abortion? a Theological Critique of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice

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.
—Frederica Mathewes-Green

2. Abortion and the Early Church: Christian, Jewish, and Pagan Attitudes in the Greco-Roman World (Wipf and Stock, 1998; orig., InterVarsity, 1982)

Abortion and the Early Church: Christian, Jewish and Pagan Attitudes in the Greco-Roman World

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