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The Theology of the Second Letter to the Corinthians


Part of New Testament Theology

  • Date Published: June 1991
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521353793

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  • The Second Letter to the Corinthians is one of Paul's most intriguing epistles. In reality, it comprises two documents. In the first, Paul cautiously attempts to repair the damage done to his relations with the Corinthians by an earlier letter (1 Corinthians) and to deal with the upset caused by the presence in Corinth of rival missionaries from Jerusalem. In the second, he reacts angrily against an unexpected further deterioration of the situation at Corinth. The resonances in the dialogue between Paul and the parties in question cannot be detected easily without some awareness on the reader's part of the social, religious, and economic situation of the Christian community to which Paul was writing. The aim of this book is to integrate such background information into a flowing exposition of the apostle's thought, and thus to bring Paul's theology to life by highlighting the complex interplay of factors which prompted him to write in the way he did. Father Murphy-O'Connor is an experienced New Testament scholar, and his lucid survey - while providing an accessible introduction to the epistle and its central concerns - brings new insights into the relation of Christ to the ministry of the church.

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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 1991
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521353793
    • length: 180 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.38kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction:
    1. Life in Corinth
    2. The background of 2 Corinthians
    Part II. The Letters:
    3. Clearing up misunderstandings (1:1-2:13)
    4. Authentic ministry (2:14-6:10)
    5. Relations with Corinth (6:11-7:16)
    6. The collection for Jerusalem (8:1 - 9:15)
    7. What went wrong at Corinth?
    8. Paul takes the offensive (10:1-18)
    9. The fool's speech (11:1-12:13)
    10. A warning prepares a visit (12:4-13:13)
    Part III. Then and Now:
    11. 2 Corinthians and the New Testament
    12. The significance of 2 Corinthians for today
    Suggestions for further reading

  • Author

    Jerome Murphy-O'Connor, Ecole Biblique et Ecole Archéologique Française

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