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CONTENTS Foreword Preface List of Abbreviations Introduction The Context of 2 Corinthians Corinth: The City Paul's Mission to Corinth The Literary Integrity of 2 Corinthians: A Survey of Hypotheses The Argument for Literary Unity The Two-letter Hypothesis The Three-letter Hypothesis The Five-letter Hypothesis Occasion: What Went Wrong at Corinth? Source(s) of the Conflict A Theological Postscript Commentary (Note: This commentary follows my reconstruction of the sequence of the letters that make up the canonical 2 Corinthians. See the Introduction, pp. ) A Letter of Appeal for the Offering (8:1-24) Introduction An Appeal for Generosity (8:1-15) Macedonian Generosity Example of Generosity (8:1-7) Paul's Appeal (8:8-9) Advice to Complete the Offering (8:10-12) Gifting between Equals (8:13-15) Recommendation of the Envoys (8:16-24) First Letter in Defense of Paul's Ministry (2:14¿7:4) Introduction Multiform Defense of Ministry (2:14¿6:10) Introductory Section (2:14¿3:6) God's Triumphal Procession (2:14-17) Paul's Defense of the Sufficiency of His Ministry (3:1-6) His New Covenant Ministry (3:7¿4:6) Glory Compared with Glory, a Reflection (3:7¿11) Veiling and Unveiling (3:12-18) Conclusion of Apologetic Unit (4:1-6) God's Treasure in Mortal Bodies in Paul's Ministry (4:7-15) Paul's Ministry Validated in Affliction (4:16¿5:10) Paul's Ministry of Reconciliation (5:11¿6:10) Concluding Appeal (6:11-13; [6:14¿7:1]; 7:2-4) An Appeal for an Open-armed Welcome (6:11-13) A Non-Pauline Insertion (6:14¿7:1) Final Appeal and Defense (7:2-4) Second Letter of Defense: The "Letter of Tears" (10:1¿13:10) Introduction Paul's Defense and Criticism of his Antagonists (10:1¿13:10) Appeal through Assurance of Tenderness and Threats (10:1-11) Good and Bad Boasting (10:12-18) Paul Plays the Fool (11:1¿12:13) Plea for Tolerance and Rebuke of Rival Apostles (11:1-15) A Boasting Contest (11:16¿12:13) Introduction to the Speech (11:16-21a) The Fool's Speech and Paradoxical Boast of Weakness (11:21b¿12:10) Postscript to the Fool's Speech (12:11-13) Letter Closing, Final Appeal and Warnings (12:14¿13:10) Apostolic Parousia and Final Defense (12:14-18) Hopes and Fears of the Parousia (12:19-21) Final Warnings and Admonitions (13:1-10) Reconciling Letter (1:1¿2:13; 7:5-16; 13:11-13) Introduction The Salutation (1:1-2) The Blessing/Thanksgiving (1:3-11) The Body of the Letter (1:12¿2:13; 7:5-16) Introduction to the Body of the Letter (1:12-14) Recollecting and Reconstructing a Painful Past (1:15¿2:4) Reflections on Their Discipline of the Offender (2:5-11) Paul's Anguished Wait on the Outcome of Titus's Reconciling Mission (2:12-13) Paul and Titus Rendezvous (7:5-16) Titus Brings Good News (7:5-7) Good Grief Wrought by the "Letter of Tears" (7:8-13a) Titus's Consolation and Paul's Confidence in the Corinthians (7:13b-16) Paul's Concluding Injunctions and Grace (13:11-13) Offering Letter to Churches in Achaia (9:1-15) Introduction The Offering Campaign's Final Phase (9:1-5) God as the Source of Generous Sowing and Reaping (9:6-10) Results to Come from Receiving and Scene Shift (9:11-15) A Postscript Select Bibliography Index
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Bible. N.T. Corinthians, 2nd -- Commentaries.