Most studies of Paul concentrate solely on his theology. This book breaks new ground by focusing on the source and nature of Paul's spirituality. Taking his cue from Paul's express desire to "know nothing but Christ crucified," Michael Gorman shows...
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Most studies of Paul concentrate solely on his theology. This book breaks new ground by focusing on the source and nature of Paul's spirituality. Taking his cue from Paul's express desire to "know nothing but Christ crucified," Michael Gorman shows how Paul's personal experience of God constantly intersects with the story of the cross, an event that both reveals the cruciform character of God and shapes believers into a community of "cruciformity" (conformity to the crucified Christ).
^^Expertly combining biblical studies and theological reflection, this noteworthy volume presents a model of the Christian life marked by faith, love, power, and hope.
^Knowing God - having an appropriately awe-filled yet intimate relationship, or partnership, with the creator, redeemer of Israel, and sovereign of the universe - is and was the life goal of faithful Jews.1 It was no less so for Paul. Paul characterizes himself as zealous - both before and after his first experience of Jesus as Messiah - in his pursuit of the means to this knowledge of God and its corresponding life of obedience. The initial and ongoing encounter with Jesus, however, reformulated his understanding of who God is and how God is most fully experienced. That the Messiah, God's Son, was sent by God to be crucified, and then raised by God, meant that somehow God and the cross were inextricably interrelated. This connection led Paul to see not only Jesus, but also God the "Father of our Lord Jesus Christ," as defined by the cross. How did this connection occur, and what impact did it have on Paul?
^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 E. Fowl
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.
Michael J. Gorman (Ph.D., Princeton Theological Seminary) is Professor of Sacred Scripture and Dean of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Marys Seminary & University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. He is the author of Apostle of the Crucified Lord: A Theological Introduction to Paul and His Letters; Cruciformity: Paul's Narrative Spirituality of the Cross; Reading Paul; Scripture: An Ecumenical Introduction to the Bible and its Interpretation; Inhabiting the Cruciform God: Kenosis, Justification, and Theosis in Paul's Narrative Soteriology and The Elements of Exegesis
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