Paul Barnett is a gifted exegete and this commentary is an excellent addition to the NICNT series. However, I found the need to look to Barnett's predecessor, Philip Edgcumbe Hughes, at a number of points in the text of 2 Corinthians for a fuller explanation. The most notable is 5:18-21, where I think Barnett really falls short on a thorough explanation of that marvelous passage. Barnett excels in word studies and interaction with other commentators in the word studies in this passage, but fails to give the kind of attention to explanation that I find in Hughes' work. I also thought that Barnett could have dealt with the difference in the Arminian and Calvinist interpretation of this passage. On the other hand, Barnett helped me to better understand the full-orbed meaning of the epistle and its relation to 1 Corinthians. Overall, this is a great work.