9780802847959

Cruciformity

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  • ISBN13:

    9780802847959

  • ISBN10:

    0802847951

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2001-07-01
  • Publisher: Eerdmans Pub Co
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Summary

Most studies of Paul concentrate solely on his theology. This book breaks new ground by focusing on the source and nature of Paul's spirituality.

Taking his cue from Paul's express desire to "know nothing but Christ crucified, " Michael Gorman shows how Paul's personal experience of God constantly intersects with the story of the cross, an event that both reveals the cruciform character of God and shapes believers into a community of "cruciformity" (conformity to the crucified Christ).

Bringing together biblical studies and theological reflection, this noteworthy volume presents a model of the Christian life marked by faith, love, power, and hope.

Author Biography

Michael J. Gorman is professor of New Testament and early church history and dean of the Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University, Baltimore, Maryland.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments xi
Abbreviations xi
Introduction 1(8)
The Cruciform God
9(10)
Paul's Experience of ``The Father of Our Lord Jesus Christ''
The Exalted Crucified Messiah
19(31)
``Apprehended by Christ to Be Conformed to Him''
The Spirit of Cruciformity
50(13)
Paul's Experience of the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ
The Triune God of Cruciform Love
63(12)
Paul's Experience of the Trinity
The Word of the Cross
75(20)
Narratives of the Cross, Patterns of Cruciformity
Cruciform Faith (I)
95(27)
Paul, the ``Fundamental Option,'' and the Faith of Jesus Christ
Cruciform Faith (II)
122(33)
The Character and Cost of Faith
Cruciform Love (I)
155(23)
The Pattern of the Crucified Messiah
Cruciform Love (II)
178(36)
Apostolic Cruciformity
Cruciform Love (III)
214(54)
The Narrative Shape of the Faithful Community
Cruciform Power
268(36)
The Paradox of Weakness
Cruciform Hope
304(45)
The Future of Cruciformity
Communities of Cruciformity
349(19)
Paul's Experience and Vision of the Church
Cruciformity Today
368(34)
Challenges to, and the Challenges of, the Cross
Bibliography 402(11)
Index of Modern Authors 413(4)
Index of Scripture References and Other Ancient Sources 417

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