If I would have a chance to teach Pauline theology, Gorman’s Apostle of the Crucified Lord
An insightful look at Paul and his message. Unlike the many books that treat Paul merely as a historical figure and his letters as literary relics, this new book focuses on the theological message of Paul’s writings, particularly what they have to say to the contemporary church. An innovative and comprehensive introduction to Paul, including commentary on all of the Pauline letters, Apostle of the Crucified Lord makes an ideal introduction to the many dimensions of Paul’s thought, including his deep spirituality. Six introductory chapters provide background discussion on Paul’s world, resume, letters, gospel, spirituality, and theology, while the main body of the book covers in turn and in full detail each of the Pauline letters. Michael Gorman gives the context of each Epistle, provides a careful reading of the text, and colors his words with insightful quotations from earlier interpreters of Paul. Enhanced by numerous illustrations and discussion questions, Apostle of the Crucified Lord will become a valued resource for those engaged in the study of Paul.
Apostle of the Crucified Lord: A Theological Introduction to Paul and His Letters
By Michael J. Gorman
Edition: illustrated, annotated
Published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 2004
ISBN 0802839347, 9780802839343
will certainly be one of my top choice to be either a textbook or assigned reading. I am still wondering how I am going to teach systematic theology the same way I taught again. I have a deeper conviction, with a limit of time to train theological school and teach them who expect to come to seminary to learn the Bible, that biblical theology is a must.
I believe every theology is a contextual theology. Biblical theology will certainly cover all the theological motifs/themes which later theologians–including church fathers–and systematic theologians of one time would have covered. New Testament theologies for instance touch on these motifs/themes which later theologians work out there own systematic responding to their own times.
I believe Asian, no less Chinese, theologians will need to treat biblical theologies as contextual theologies; they need to seriously also consider Greek Fathers’ theologies as further reflections on biblical theologies, for which they have to learn but more so from their concern of their times and their engagement with the biblical texts.
How should we conduct a three or four year seminary training? How will I conduct my course? What will I teach?