Reading Paul explores the central themes of the apostle's gospel. Unlike many introductions to Paul, this one makes a contribution to the ongoing discussion of the significance of the apostle, both as an historical figure and as a contemporary voice. In this introduction to Paul and his gospel (written especially for lay readers, beginning students, and those unsure about what to make of the apostle) Gorman takes Paul seriously, as someone who speaks for God and to us. Gorman places special emphasis on the theo-political character of Paul's gospel and on its themes of cross and resurrection, multiculturalism in the church, peacemaking and nviolence as the way of Christ. Gorman also offers a distinctive interpretation of justification by faith as participation in Christ. '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.' Richard B. Hays, George Washington Ivey Professor of New Testament, The Divinity School, Duke University, USA 'If you could own one book on Paul this should be the one.' The Salvationist
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 - Editorial Review.