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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Paternoster (10 April 2008)
  • ISBN-10: 1842276034
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842276037
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 513,298 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

Reading Paul is that rare book that deserves the widest possible readership. --Joel B. Green, Professor of New Testament Interpretation, Fuller Theological Seminary

About the Author

Michael J. Gorman is Professor of Sacred Scripture and Dean of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Marys Seminary & University in Baltimore, USA.


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I have been a fan of Michael Gorman since reading his outstanding book "Cruciformity" (Eerdmans). It was one of the few books on Paul I have read where I felt that I was actually gaining all sorts of completely new insights. The problem was that it was a long and technical book. I longed for Gorman to do a bite sized outline of his 'take' on Paul.

This is it! And the rest! The chapters are very clear and refreshingly short and his vision of Paul is really exciting and enlightening. Gorman has shown himself to be not merely an outstanding scholar but also someone able to communicate such insights to ordinary, thoughtful, non-scholarly types.

This is, without a shadow of doubt, the best introduction to Paul's theology I have ever seen.
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This is an overview so cannot deal with all the issues but as a depiction of Paul's spiritual logic it is brilliant. I stumbled across this book when writing an essay on Paul and have not looked back and since have read some of Gorman's other more in depth books which are also great wells of insight.

His perspective is very coherent and is the best fit of anything i've read on Paul.

Read it and see...
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Don't get me wrong; this book is informative and worthy. But it's very very dull. Part of the problem - perhaps the whole problem - is that the author seems unclear as to where he is 'pitching' the book. In certain respects it is clearly aimed at the layman seeking an introduction to the theology of Paul; yet the style is prosaically academic. In certain respects it seems to want to be authoritative, but the depth to support this is lacking. And am I the only person who loathes "study questions" at the end of chapters in books like this? They seem to indicate the author saying "See how much cleverer I am than you. But at least you can learn from me."
All that said, the analysis of Paul's theology is sound and hits all the main points. For anyone starting out in understanding Paul this may be a useful starting point. Anyone who starts here, though, should be sure to read widely enough to be informed of the various controversies that surround Paul's letters and which this volume rather glosses over.
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There aren't enough positive adjectives in the English language to describe how I feel about this small volume. What Michael Gorman has given us is an extremely enjoyable introduction to the apostle Paul and his worldview. I say worldview as opposed to theology because Paul's theology is only one of many things touched on in this volume. Gorman runs the gambit of Pauline studies in examining Paul's gospel, christology, theology, ecclesiology, missiology, and a whole host of other -ologies. This book needs to be in the hands of every student taking an introductory class on Paul! Professors, I'm talking to you -- if you don't adopt this as your textbook then God help you!

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HASH(0x8f1ee090) out of 5 stars Fantastic Introduction to Paul 24 Feb. 2010
By Nicole Pilarski - Published on Amazon.com
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Gorman's book breaks down the letters of St. Paul into comprehendible topics which critically analyze the key points in his letters. He also refrences the letters themselves quite frequently so it is helpful for readers who feel the need to look up bible passages. This book presupposes that the reader knows nothing about Paul other than he is a guy who wrote letters to churches. By the end of the book I felt like a Pauline expert!
HASH(0x8f678144) out of 5 stars Excellent introduction to St. Paul's thought, writing, and times 19 Sept. 2015
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Articulate, accurate, and interesting reading. I highly recommend this book and this author.
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Great introductory work to the Pauline epistles - including one (very) long sentence.
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Great insight into New Testament writings.
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