In this clear, practical, and relatively brief commentary, Anthony Thiselton brings to bear his intimate knowledge of Paul’s theology, the ancient city of Corinth, and Paul’s epistles to the church of that city. 2 Corinthians is not only critical and exegetical, but also has a focus on practical and pastoral reflection.
Second Corinthians is Paul’s most passionate epistle. It shows him to be a man of very deep feeling, who sometimes has to be frank, even blunt, with those who seek to undermine his work. In this commentary, we see the inner turmoil of a devoted missionary pastor and apostle. We also have the opportunity to explore how power can be expressed through weakness by pastors and all Christians who follow a Christ crucified and risen.
Part I: Introduction
A. Paul and Corinth
B. Roman Corinth
C. The Content and Argument of the Epistle
D. Fundamental Framing Questions
Part II: Exegesis
I. Introduction (1:1-11)
iI. Defense of Paul’s Conduct with Regard to His Travel Plans and the Offender (1:12-2:17)
III. The Authentic Ministry Described and Defended (3:1-7:4)
IV. The Arrival of Titus in Macedonia (7:5-16)
V. The Collection for Poor Christians in Jerusalem (8:1-9:15)
VI. Paul Confronts the Malignant Ministry of His Opponents (10:1-13:13)
Index of Names
Index of Subjects
Index of Biblical References
Endorsements and Reviews
Anthony Thiselton has time and again demonstrated himself to be a master of integrative Christian thinking at the highest level. In this most welcome volume he applies his extraordinary abilities in the service of down-to-earth, pastoral reflection on Paul’s most pastoral letter, bringing the best of contemporary scholarship on 2 Corinthians to bear on life in the twenty-first century. Church leaders and laypersons alike will find in this commentary a gift both clear and timely.
George H. Guthrie, Professor of New Testament, Regent College