This richly synthetic reading of Paul offers a compelling argument that the heart of Pauls soteriology lies in theosis the incorporation of Gods 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. Gormans important book points the way forward for understanding the nonviolent, world-transforming character of Pauls gospel. Richard B. Hays / Duke Divinity School / Provides an important corrective to segmentalized approaches to Paul. Michael Gorman lucidly connects justification to spiritual transformation. Faith, love, and action come together as theosis the taking on of the character of Christ and, so, of God. Though constantly in conversation with other scholars, Gorman has a refreshingly original approach, illuminating the lively theology of Paul. Inhabiting the Cruciform God clearly advances the field of Pauline studies. Stephen Finlan / Fordham University / In this pioneering work Michael Gorman offers a fresh way to view Pauls 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 J. Matera / Catholic University of America
Gorman, Michael J., Author
Professor of New Testament and early church history and dean of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in Baltimore, Maryland. He is also the author of The Elements of Exegesis and Abortion and the Early Church.