Item description for 2 Corinthians (IVP New Testament Commentary Series) by Linda Belleville, Grant R. Osborne & Haddon W. Robinson...
Overview Few church squabbles today come close to matching the intensity of that faced by Paul in the commercial and hedonistic hotbed of Corinth. As Linda Belleville introduces and comments on Paul's second letter to the Corinthian church, she shows clearly how Paul's strategies and counsel can serve as a helpful model for the contemporary church as it seeks to live out the gospel in a culture marked by individualism and materialism.
Publishers Description Though few church squabbles today come close to matching the intensity and seriousness of what Paul faced in the commercial and hedonistic hotbed of Corinth, his strategies and pastoral wisdom in confronting the problems there can still serve as a helpful model for us in responding to a culture marked by individualism and materialism.In this careful study of 2 Corinthians, readers will find an introduction that discusses the letter's occasion and purpose, authorship, and other background information, as well as its important theological themes. Passage-by-passage commentary follows that seeks to explain what the letter means for us today as well as what it meant for its original hearers. Students, pastors, Bible teachers and everyone who wants to understand Paul's message for the church will benefit from this excellent resource.
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Studio: IVP Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.66" Width: 5.81" Height: 1.21" Weight: 1.3 lbs.
Release Date May 28, 1996
Publisher IVP-InterVarsity Press
Series IVP New Testament Commentary
Series Number 8
ISBN 0830818081 ISBN13 9780830818082
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Just about as good as you could want for a briefer commentary Oct 19, 2006
Belleville's II Corinthians commentary is one of the best of the briefer treatements of this important but often underemphasized letter. I would say that the only rival at this level of detail is Scott Hafemann's NIVAC, which has the advantage of being a little later (and thus could benefit from Belleville's work and the scholarship since) and with more emphasis on applicational issues, whereas Belleville has a little more focus on the exegesis itself.
I like Belleville's approach for the most part. She seems to me to be much more balanced than some of the more detailed academic commentaries. She argues for Pauline authorship of the entire letter. She tends to favor seeing the letter as a unity, with some caution that certainty is impossible. She finds no absolutely convincing explanation about why the last few chapters seem very different, but she nonetheless does not take the differences to demonstrate their being taken from some other letter, and we should give the letter in its current form the benefit of the doubt in the absence of clear evidence. Overall, her exposition captures well the basic themes of this letter and how it ties in with I Corinthians and demonstrates both a familiarity with the literature on the epistle and an eye for how to interpret and apply its message in our contemporary setting.
Her goal seems to be to provide enough information from the best scholarship on the book to understand what Paul is up to in this letter without getting too bogged down in some of the more thorny problems. Sometimes she just refers to other scholarship when the details are tricky and the importance of the disagreement is less significant. She does give exegetical and text-critical notes at the bottom of the page, with a running exposition (not always verse by verse) taking up most of the space on most pages. It's hard to read both in order, however, since she does not use the notes at the bottom as footnotes. Since the commentary proper is not always verse-by-verse, it's difficult to figure out when to read the notes at the bottom. Other than that, the commentary does not seem like a scholarly reference work but feels like a book you can read.
For detailed scholarly work on this book on the level of the Greek text, try Murray J. Harris' NIGTC, and for a more detailed exegetical work without the detailed Greek I recommend the NAC by David Garland. But for this level of detail Belleville is excellent.