2 Corinthians

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  • Copyright: 9/1/2007
  • Publisher: Abingdon Pr

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From the second century to the present, 2 Corinthians offers its riches grudgingly,if at all; and even then it demands only the most careful and attentive inquiries.

Author Biography

Calvin J. Roetzel is Arnold H. Lowe Professor of Religious Studies, Macalester College, St. Paul, Minnesota

Table of Contents

Forewordp. 11
Prefacep. 13
List of Abbreviationsp. 17
Introductionp. 19
The Context of 2 Corinthiansp. 20
Corinth: The Cityp. 20
Paul's Mission to Corinthp. 21
The Literary Integrity of 2 Corinthians: A Survey of Hypothesesp. 24
The Argument for Literary Unityp. 24
The Two-letter Hypothesisp. 16
The Three-letter Hypothesisp. 30
The Five-letter Hypothesisp. 30
Occasion: What Went Wrong at Corinth? Source(s) of the Conflictp. 36
A Theological Postscriptp. 37
Commentaryp. 39
A Letter of Appeal for the Offering (8:1-24)p. 39
Introductionp. 39
An Appeal for Generosity (8:1-15)p. 41
Macedonian Example of Generosity (8:1-7)p. 42
Paul's Appeal (8:8-9)p. 45
Advice to Complete the Offering (8:10-12)p. 47
Gifting between Equals (8:13-15)p. 48
Recommendation of the Envoys (8:16-24)p. 50
First Letter in Defense of Paul's Ministry (2:14-7:4)p. 53
Introductionp. 53
Multiform Defense of Ministry (2:14-6:10)p. 54
Introductory Section (2:14-3:6)p. 54
God's Triumphal Procession (2:14-17)p. 55
Paul's Defense of the Sufficiency of His Ministry (3:1-6)p. 60
His New Covenant Ministry (3:7-4:6)p. 62
Glory Compared with Glory-A Reflection (3:7-11)p. 62
Veiling and Unveiling (3:12-18)p. 66
Conclusion of Apologetic Unit (4:1-6)p. 68
God's Treasure in Mortal Bodies in Paul's Ministry (4:7-15)p. 71
Paul's Ministry Validated in Affliction (4:16-5:10)p. 73
Paul's Ministry of Reconciliation (5:11-6:10)p. 78
Concluding Appeal (6:11-13; [6:14-7:1]; 7:2-4)p. 86
An Appeal for an Open-armed Welcome (6:11-13)p. 86
A Non-Pauline Insertion (6:14-7:1)p. 87
Final Appeal and Defense (7:2-4)p. 92
Second Letter of Defense: The "Letter of Tears" (10:1-13:10) .p. 94
Introductionp. 94
Paul's Defense and Criticism of his Antagonists (10:1-13:10)p. 96
Appeal through Assurance of Tenderness and Threats (10:1-11)p. 96
Good and Bad Boasting (10:12-18)p. 101
Paul Plays the Fool (11:1-12:13)p. 103
Plea for Tolerance and Rebuke of Rival Apostles (11:1-15)p. 104
A Boasting Contest (11:16-12:13)p. 107
Introduction to the Speech (11:16-21a)p. 107
The Fool's Speech and Paradoxical Boast of Weakness (11:21b-12:10)p. 108
Postscript to the Fool's Speech (12:11-13)p. 112
Letter Closing, Final Appeal, and Warnings (12:14-13:10)p. 114
Apostolic Parousia and Final Defense (12:14-18)p. 114
Hopes and Fears of the Parousia (12:19-21)p. 116
Final Warnings and Admonitions (13:1-10)p. 118
Reconciling Letter (1:1-2:13; 7:5-16; 13:11-13)p. 124
Introductionp. 124
The Salutation (1:1-2)p. 125
The Blessing/Thanksgiving (1:3-11)p. 127
The Body of the Letter (1:12-2:13; 7:5-16)p. 129
Introduction to the Body of the Letter (1:12-14)p. 130
Recollecting and Reconstructing a Painful Past (1:15-2:4)p. 131
Reflections on Their Discipline of the Offender (2:5-11)p. 135
Paul's Anguished Wait on the Outcome of Titus's Reconciling Mission (2:12-13)p. 138
Paul and Titus Rendezvous (7:5-16)p. 139
Titus Brings Good News (7:5-7)p. 140
Good Grief Wrought by the "Letter of Tears" (7:8-13a)p. 141
Titus's Consolation and Paul's Confidence in the Corinthians (7:13b-16)p. 143
Paul's Concluding Injunctions and Grace (13:11-13)p. 143
Offering Letter to Churches in Achaia (9:1-15)p. 147
Introductionp. 147
The Offering Campaign's Final Phase (9:1-5)p. 149
God as the Source of Generous Sowing and Reaping (9:6-10)p. 150
Results to Come from Receiving and Scene Shift (9:11-15)p. 152
A Postscriptp. 155
Select Bibliographyp. 159
Scripture Indexp. 165
Subject Indexp. 175
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