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Second Epistle To The Corinthians (New International Greek Testament Commentary) [Hardcover]

By Murray J. Harris (Author)
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The reputation of the NIGTC series is so outstanding that the appearance of each new volume is noteworthy. This book on 2 Corinthians is no exception. Master New Testament exegete Murray J. Harris has produced a superb commentary that analyzes the Greek text verse by verse against the backdrop of Paul's tumultuous relations with his converts at Corinth. Believing that Scripture cannot be understood theologically unless it has first been understood grammatically, Harris provides a careful, thoroughgoing reading of the text of 2 Corinthians. He gives special attention to matters of translation, making regular references not only to the standard modern English translations but also to influential older versions such as The Twentieth Century New Testament and those by Weymouth, Moffatt, and Goodspeed. His close attention to matters of textual criticism and grammar leads to discussions of the theology of 2 Corinthians that show the relevance of Paul's teaching to Christian living and church ministry. Other notable features of the book include a comprehensive introduction in which all the relevant literary and historical issues are discussed, an expanded paraphrase of the letter that conveniently shows Harris's decisions on exegetical issues and indicates the flow of Paul's argument, a chronology of the relations of Paul, Timothy, and Titus with the Corinthian church, and an excursus on Paul's "affliction in Asia" (1:8-11) and its influence on his outlook and theology.

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The reputation of the NIGTC series is so outstanding that the appearance of each new volume is noteworthy. This book on 2 Corinthians is no exception. Master New Testament exegete Murray J. Harris has produced a superb commentary that analyzes the Greek text verse by verse against the backdrop of Paul's tumultuous relations with his converts at Corinth. Believing that Scripture cannot be understood theologically unless it has first been understood grammatically, Harris provides a careful, thoroughgoing reading of the text of 2 Corinthians. He gives special attention to matters of translation, making regular references not only to the standard modern English translations but also to influential older versions such as The Twentieth Century New Testament and those by Weymouth, Moffatt, and Goodspeed. His close attention to matters of textual criticism and grammar leads to discussions of the theology of 2 Corinthians that show the relevance of Paul's teaching to Christian living and church ministry. Other notable features of the book include a comprehensive introduction in which all the relevant literary and historical issues are discussed, an expanded paraphrase of the letter that conveniently shows Harris's decisions on exegetical issues and indicates the flow of Paul's argument, a chronology of the relations of Paul, Timothy, and Titus with the Corinthian church, and an excursus on Paul's "affliction in Asia" (1:8-11) and its influence on his outlook and theology.

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   989
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 2" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25"
Weight:   3 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2005
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Series  New International Greek Testament Commentary  
ISBN  0802823939  
ISBN13  9780802823939  


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Murray J. Harris is professor emeritus of New Testament Exegesis and Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, Illinois, and former warden of Tyndale House in Cambridge, England.



Murray J. Harris currently resides in Deerfield, in the state of Illinois.

Murray J. Harris has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament
  2. New International Greek Testament Com (Eerdmans)
  3. New Studies in Biblical Theology


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The Most Reliable Study of 2 Corinthians Available Today!  Apr 17, 2007
Murray Harris has already proven himself to be a capable interpreter of this book with his EBC contribution back in 1976. But this book is a much more extensive and helpful study. He has a tremendous command of the Greek Text, and he defends the unitary character of the letter. Others have suggested that this was a hard to read commentary. Indeed, it is an academic work, steeped toward the pastor-scholar.

But it yields rich rewards for those who are willing to work their way through it. If you are preaching through 2 Corinthians and you need an exegetical commentary, this is the one to get. Also, buy David Garland's contribution for a more homiletically friendly approach.
 
Solid, but not remarkable  Jul 11, 2005
Murray Harris is a solid exegete and is known for his grammatical acumen. This commentary, however, does not read like the rest of the NIGTC series (with the possible exception of Luke by IH Marshall). The NIGTC series is intentionally written toward a higher level audience, those that still know their Greek and can wade through French and German at least a little.

The work as a whole is solid, if unspectacular. Harris holds to many traditional points, and rarely comes up with new arguments for them. That being said, the best feature of this commentary by far is the introduction. He argues quite well for 2 Corinthians' unity and covers the theology of 2 Corinthians as only Victor Paul Furnish had ever done previously (with the exception of the NTT series by Cambridge).

The previous reviewer of this book said that there is a mistake moving from page 67-68 in the book, yet there is not. Page 68 begins with a list of specific grammatical or rhetorical devices used by Paul in the letter. One such device is "citation of a view, with a verb of saying expressed" (p. 68). This just happens to be the first phrase on the page, and so the previous reviewer thought it was the middle of a thought when it was actually a beginning of a list of terms, none of which are in upper case.

Occasionally this commentary read more like one from the Word series (which begins the comments with the Greek text) or the BECNT series (which muddles everything together, grammar and theology, in the comments section). Harris mixes in theology with grammar, and thus allows the reader to think that theology and grammar are determined at the same time when grammar should come first and theology second.

I definitely would recommend Thrall (ICC) and Furnish (AB) first, but Harris' volume is still solid. The bibliography is extensive and clearly Harris put a lot of work into this commentary.
 
Painfully Boring  May 12, 2005
I have been delighted by other commenaries in the NIGTC series, and was eagerly anticipating Murray Harris' commentary on 2 Corinthians. After all, Harris is a very experienced teacher who had previously written a commentary on 2 Corinthians in 1976. Now with this completely new commentary I was looking forward to the fruit of Murray's lifetime of scholarship. I was looking forward to fruit, but was served 962 pages of sawdust. It is difficult to describe how painfully boring this work is and I would have returned it if it wasn't an assigned text book for one of my classes.

Rather than providing crisply argued interpretations of Paul's letter, this commentary is just a pile of information and disjointed opinions. The reason I gave it 2 stars rather than none is simply because it contains so much information that it has some value to anyone who wants to devote several years to studying 2 Corinthians. But if you are a pastor looking for a good commentary to help with a 4 month sermon series ... don't even consider this tomb as an option.

On top of how painful this text is to actually wade through, the editors should be ashamed of themselves for actually putting it into print. This text contains such useful features as an analysis of the Chiastic structure being presented in UNTRANSLATED Italian (p. 111). This may be designed to show how well read Harris is - but is just annoying to the 99.9% of English speaking pastors who don't read Italian. The editors should have just said NO.

Unless you feel compelled to buy a dozen commentaries on 2 Corinthians, you should scratch this text off of your "wish list".
 

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