Book Review: Apostle of the Crucified Lord, Second Edition

Theology Still Matters

The full title of the book is Apostle of the Crucified Lord:  An Introduction Paul and His Letters by Dr. Michael J. Gorman.  There are many books on the market regarding the Pauline letters, but this one is among the most thorough that I have come across.  In the introduction a brief discussion of the various views on Paul are given.  In addition to the traditional view Dr. Gorman also describes the narrative-intertextual, apocalyptic, anti-imperialist, “Wright-ian perspective” (Named for N.T. Wright), Paul within Judaism, social scientific, feminist, and participationist views.

What was extremely beneficial for myself were the first six chapters.  These chapters were all about the background to the letters such as the beginning of the Roman Empire, how Paul was brought up in Judaism, and the Hellenistic influences that can be seen in some of his writings.

Paul was the author of thirteen New Testament book, and Dr…

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