The first detailed exegetical treatment of Paul’s letters from the emerging discipline of missional hermeneutics, Michael Gorman’s Becoming the Gospel argues that Paul’s letters invite Christian communities both then and now to not merely believe the gospel but to become the gospel and, in doing so, to participate in the life and mission of God.
Showing that Pauline churches were active public participants in and witnesses to the gospel, Gorman reveals the missional significance of various themes in Paul’s letters. He also identifies select contemporary examples of mission in the spirit of Paul, inviting all Christians to practice Paul-inspired imagination in their own contexts.
About the Author
Michael J. Gorman holds the Raymond E. Brown Chair in Biblical Studies and Theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, Maryland. A highly regarded New Testament scholar, he has also written Reading Revelation Responsibly: Uncivil Worship and Witness and Elements of Biblical Exegesis: A Basic Guide for Students and Ministers.
Table of Contents
Invitation: Becoming the Gospel 1
1 Paul and the Mission of God 21
2 Reading Paul Missionally 50
3 Becoming the Gospel of Faith(fulness), Love, and Hope: 1 Thessalonians 63
4 Becoming and Telling the Story of Christ: Philippians 106
5 Becoming the Gospel of Peace (I): Overview 142
6 Becoming the Gospel of Peace (II): Ephesians 181
7 Becoming the Justice of God: 1 & 2 Corinthians 212
8 Becoming the Gospel of God's Justice/Righteousness and Glory: Missional Theosis in Romans 261
Final Reflections: Becoming the Gospel (Reprise) 297
Index of Subjects and Names 322
Index of Scripture and Other Ancient Sources 331