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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


“Atonement theologies have for some become atonement wars that mirror culture wars. Atonement theologies have become obsessed with the mechanics of atonement, that is, how God accomplished atonement–how justice was dealt with, how sin was erased, how God’s wrath was pacified. Far too often atonement theologies have focused on what is less known and ignored what is known. Michael Gorman in The Death of the Messiah and the Birth of the New Covenant, has accomplished keeping our eyes on what is known: that in the death and resurrection of Jesus, God has formed a new covenant people.” –Scot McKnight, Professor of New Testament, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, IL

”This book, what a gem! Gorman situates atonement in the new messianic cruciform covenant, fulfilling OT visions of peace. Reorienting standard atonement theories, Gorman grounds atonement where it belongs, in Jesus’s gospel of peace, love-driven death, and new covenant! Virtually all NT writings bear witness. Salvation, politics, and spirituality shine in new light. The bibliography is rich. This is an essential read and resource for New Testament theology-ethics.” –Willard M. Swartley, Professor emeritus of New Testament, Anabaptist Mennonite Biblical Seminary, Elkhart, IN

”With this biblically and theologically mature study, Michael Gorman shifts our focus away from fascination with the how of the atonement and toward reflection on the what: What does Jesus’s death accomplish? The result is a richly textured statement of how the atonement reaches deeply into the scriptural story of God’s mighty acts in order to present the consequences of the cross for the church’s faith, hope, and love.” –Joel B. Green, Dean, School of Theology, Fuller Theological Seminary, Pasadena, CA

”Traditional atonement theories, often historically unmoored from the large narrative of Scripture, try their best to articulate what we are saved from. Gorman’s book sounds the clarion call of the New Testament found in Jesus Christ–that ultimately we have been saved for and called to spirit-empowered, cruciform discipleship in Christ as children of God’s new covenant of shalom. As the New Testament atonement metaphors rest within the grand scope of God’s covenant of salvation, we hear afresh the truly astonishing good news of the gospel!” –Cherith Fee Nordling, Professor of Theology, Northern Baptist Theological Seminary, Lombard, IL

”Spread the word! The New Testament demands that Christ’s atonement on the cross must bring forth a holy witness in the very practices of each and every Christian parish and congregation. Thanks to Michael Gorman for taking us beyond endless discussions of the ‘how’ of Christ’s atonement to its visible end, Christ’s atonement as manifest in the life of the church for the sake of the world!” –John W. Wright, Professor of Theology and Christian Scripture, Point Loma Nazarene University, San Diego, CA

Book on Revelation

Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness: Following the Lamb Into the New Creation.

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“With an exceptional blend of scholarly insight and confessional grounding, this book restores Revelation to relevance for the mission of the church. Gorman joins John of Patmos to inspire us with a risky and lofty vision of following the Lamb in radical and nonviolent witness in the world. This accessible volume is a theological wellspring for preachers, teachers, and any disciples seeking a reliable alternative to the scare-mongering eschatology that clogs airwaves and bookstores.” –J. Nelson Kraybill, author of Apocalypse and Allegiance: Worship, Politics, and Devotion in the Book of Revelation

“Sometimes I think there are only two kinds of Christians in America: those who’ve never read Revelation and those who read almost nothing else. This book can help either kind. With careful use of scholarship and an evident love for the Lamb who was slain, Michael Gorman demystifies a book that’s meant to clarify what’s at stake when we say, ‘Jesus is Lord.’” –Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author of The Wisdom of Stability: Rooting Faith in a Mobile Culture

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

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“This book is a treasure-house of resources for teachers and students of the Bible, as well as for anyone who wants to become more deeply informed about the collection of texts that are Sacred Scripture for the Christian church. Written by a lineup of distinguished scholars, the volume provides balanced attention to history and hermeneutics, with particular attention to the reception of the biblical writings in various global and ecclesial contexts. I am not aware of any other book that packs so much valuable information about the Bible into such a concise and readable form. Its essays demonstrate the distinctive, twofold character of fine teaching: they are accessible for serious introductory study while, at the same time, full of mind-expanding perspectives for readers who may have studied the Scriptures for a lifetime.” Richard B. Hays, George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament, Duke Divinity School

“Scholarly yet eminently accessible to the nonspecialist, this work is enlightening both as a historical introduction to the Bible and as an overview of how it has been read from ecumenical, intercontinental, and thematic perspectives. An invaluable tool for beginners as a way to situate themselves in the world of the Scriptures, and a resource to set the convictions of the experienced in a more inclusive context. A tour de force!” Brother John, Taizé Community, France

“This is an excellent introduction to the Bible, going well beyond the basic issues of who wrote when, where, and why. It sets out clearly the complex process of how particular writings (and not others) became designated as canonical; poses challenging questions about how Scripture is, can, or should be interpreted; and provides a fascinating account of how biblical interpretation has developed within the various denominations and different parts of the world. The volume is a strong reminder to readers of the extent to which their own reading of and response to the Bible has been shaped by their often very different cultures and traditions. It demonstrates that when the Bible is read in different contexts, it has a richness of relevance that individuals in their own contexts rarely appreciate–revealing what a truly catholic reading actually involves.” James D. G. Dunn, Emeritus Lightfoot Professor of Divinity, Durham University

“This beautifully produced volume merits a place in the library and on the teaching agenda of every church and seminary. All adult students of Scripture, from beginners to the most experienced, could benefit from this multifaceted yet theologically coherent collection of essays, which is both historically grounded and thoroughly contemporary in outlook.” Ellen F. Davis, Amos Ragan Kearns Distinguished Professor of Bible and Practical Theology, Duke Divinity School

“I welcome this unique and much-needed volume. Biblical interpretation in service of the church is necessarily conditioned by the many possible locations of an interpreter, including where she or he comes from geographically and culturally and the interpreter’s particular Christian tradition. This volume gathers outstanding, concerned, and passionate authors from many places and from numerous Christian confessions who introduce the text of the Bible, various interpretative traditions, and the Bible’s relevance for contemporary Christian life. Scripture and Its Interpretation is a unique attempt to cross as many interpretative and cultural bridges as possible and provides rich information for the reader on ‘how the Bible is read elsewhere.’ All of us, from professor to undergraduate student, have much to learn from this book.” Francis J. Moloney, SDB, senior professorial fellow, Catholic Theological College, University of Divinity, Melbourne, Australia

“This interesting and helpful volume describes not only the contents of the Bible but also the many and various ways that people have interpreted the Bible from antiquity to the present in many different Christian communions. It would be a valuable companion to any introductory course and a helpful guide to any beginning reader.” George L. Parsenios, Princeton Theological Seminary

“The apostle Paul spoke of the church as having many gifts but one Spirit and as being one body with many members. The same might be said of the Bible itself–one book with many parts and dimensions. That is the premise of this exceptional introduction to Sacred Scripture and its interpretation. Essays by an ecumenical and international team of scholars illustrate in a vivid and effective way the complex composition of the Scriptures, the many-faceted reception it has received over the centuries, and the rich variety of methods of interpretation among those religious traditions that revere the Bible. In a world where some fear diversity, this volume demonstrates that authentic interpretation of the Bible champions both diversity and unity.” Donald Senior, CP, president emeritus and professor of New Testament, Catholic Theological Union

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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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