In an age of proliferating commentary series, one might easily ask why add yet another to the seeming glut. The simplest answer is that no other series is written to and from the church, that seeks to move from the text to its contemporary application. No other series offers the unique combination of solid, evangelical biblical exposition and helpful explanatory notes in the same user friendly format. No other series has tapped the unique blend of scholars and pastors who share both a passion for faithful exegesis and a deep concern for the church. 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.
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.
Linda L. Belleville (Ph.D., University of Toronto) is adjunct professor of New Testament at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. She is the author of in the IVP New Testament Commentary Series and a contributor to and .