2 Corinthians: NIV Application Commentary [NIVAC]
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The second letter Paul addressed to the eminently troubled church in Corinth is the most ministerially difficult and personally complex of all Paul's letters. It brims with passionate self-defense, intense concern for the eternal destiny of the Corinthians, and even anger.

In 2 Corinthians [NIVAC] Scott J. Hafeman reconciles three key themes to one another that are critical to rightly understanding Paul's second Corinthian letter: weakness, sufficiency, and the Holy Spirit. The weakness is Paul's personally ability to succeed, the sufficiency is the fact that Paul does succeed, in spite of his weakness and the Holy Spirit is the power that enables this sufficiency in spite of weakness to occur. And in as much as these realities are true for Paul in his own life, he desperately wishes the Corinthians to accept them as well.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 464
Vendor: Zondervan
Publication Date: 2000
Dimensions: 9.19 X 6.13 (inches)
ISBN: 0310494206
ISBN-13: 9780310494201
Series: NIV Application Commentary

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Most Bible commentaries take us on a one-way trip from our world to the world of the Bible. But they leave us there, assuming that we can somehow make the return journey one our own. In other words, they focus on the original meaning of the passage but don't discuss its contemporary applications. The information they offer is valuable -- but the job is only half done! The NIV Application Commentary Series helps us with both halves of the interpretive task. This new and unique series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into modern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it can speak powerfully today.

Author Bio

Scott J. Hafemann, PhD, serves on the Gordon-Conwell faculty as the Mary French Rockefeller Professor of New Testament. Previously he was the Gerald F. Hawthorne Professor of New Testament Greek and Exegesis at Wheaton College.


The NIV Application Commentary Series promises to be of very great service to all who preach and teach the Word of God.
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Regent College

The NIV Application Commentary Series doesn't fool around: it gets right down to business, brining this ancient and powerful word of God into the present so that it can be heard and believed with all the freshness of a new day, with all the immediacy of a friend's embrace.
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Regent College

The NIV Application Commentary Series helps pastors and Bible teachers with one the most neglected elements in good preaching--accurate, useful application. Most commentaries tell you a few things that are helpful and much that you do not need to know. By dealing with the original meaning and contemporary significance of each passage, the NIV Application Commentary Series promises to be helpful all the way around.
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Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA

This series promises to become an indispensable tool for every pastor and teacher who seeks to make the Bible's timeless message speak to this generation.
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Here, at last, is a commentary that makes the proper circuit from the biblical world to main street. The NIV Application Commentary is magnificent gift to the church.
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College Church, Wheaton, IL

Here at last is a commentary which is not only academically well informed but which helps the contemporary reader hear God's word and consider its implications; scholarship in the service of the church.
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Spurgeon's College

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Dallas Theological Seminary

This is the pulpit for the 21st Century
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President, Bethel College & Seminary

It takes more than interpretation of God's word to change lives, it takes application. Application is the bottom line in teaching and preaching. Without it, we've missed the point of the Bible. The NIV Application Commentary is an outstanding resource for pastors and anyone else who is serious about developing "doers of the word".
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Saddleback Church

The NIV Application Commentary Series shares the same goal that has been the passion of my own ministry--communicating God's word to a contemporary audience so that they feel the full impact of its message.
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  1. Spencer
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    1 Stars Out Of 5
    Hafemann rejects distinction between Mosaic Law and the Gospel
    December 31, 2015
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    Scholars are often offered to contribute commentaries to series based on having done past work in that particular book. Hafemann wrote his doctoral dissertation on 2 Cor 3 and has also published another monograph dealing with 2 Cor, hence the selection of Hafemann to cover 2 Cor in NIVAC. In his dissertation, and repeated here and in other articles and books, is his view that there is not contrast between the Mosaic law and the gospel but rather only a "continuum." (In this he is following the work of Daniel Fuller who saw the "unity of the Bible" in it containing only covenants of grace). The result of this is that Fuller and Hafemann reject the Protestant (and biblical!) teaching of salvation by grace through faith alone. If you carefully read his handling of 2 Cor 3, which along with Gal 3:10ff and Rom 9:30ff are the most forceful passages articulating the antithesis between the Mosaic law and the gospel, you will find Hafemann making the gospel into law and the law, gospel. For easy to read commentaries on 2 Cor, you will do much better to use Colin Kruse in Tyndale NTC, FF Bruce, New Century Bible Comm and DA Carson, From Triumphalism to Maturity (on chs. 10-13). For more scholarly works, see David Garland, NAC and Paul Barnett, NICNT. And for a rich treatment that understands faith alone which rests upon the law-gospel distinction, see Mark Seifrid, PNTC.
  2. Dr. Hugo E. Martinez- Md
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 8, 2010
    Dr. Hugo E. Martinez- Md
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    I am working with it! Great help for me when studying the Bible, and preparing for sunday class and for daily life. Thank you!
  3. Erik Kowalker
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    November 29, 2002
    Erik Kowalker
    If at first glance you think that this commentary on 2 Corinthians is only an application commentary, think again! If you desire to know the background and historical context of Corinthian as well as the literary context of the portion of Scripture you are studying, quit your hunting for commentaries and invest in good, solid scholarship as well as practical application. If expository preaching is your aim behind the pulpit, this commentary set is sure to better equip you!
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