Unlike the many books that treat Paul merely as a historical figure and his letters as literary relics, this superb study focuses on the theological message of Paul's writings, particularly what they have to say to the contemporary Christian church.
An innovative and comprehensive introduction to Paul, including commentary on all of the Pauline letters, "Apostle of the Crucified Lord" makes an ideal text bridging biblical studies, theology, and spirituality.
Six introductory chapters provide background discussion on Paul's world, resume, letters, gospel, spirituality, and theology. The main body of the book covers in turn and in full detail each of the Pauline letters. Gorman gives the context of each Epistle, provides a careful but readable exegesis of the text, and colors his discussion with insightful quotations from earlier interpreters of Paul. The book is enhanced by numerous photographs, maps, and tables, and each chapter ends with discussion questions and an annotated bibliography.
Gorman's study refers primarily to the text of the NRSV but also includes many interesting and significant alternative translations from the NIV and the NAB, making it useful and widely usable. "Apostle of the Crucified Lord" will become a valued resource for those engaged in the study of Paul and the theological, pastoral, and spiritual aspects of his letters.