The Second Letter to the Corinthians
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The question that Paul set before the ancient church in Corinth - Do you not recognize that Jesus Christ is in and among you? (2 Cor 13:5) - remains a critical question for the church today. This commentary by Mark Seifrid seeks to hear Paul's message afresh and communicate it to our time.

Seifrid offers a unified reading of 2 Corinthians, which has often been regarded as a composite of excerpts and fragments. He argues that Paul's message is directed at the "practical atheism" of the Corinthian church - the hidden heresy that assumes God's saving work in the world may be measured by outward standards of success and achievement.

Like all of the Pillar volumes, Seifrid's commentary on 2 Corinthians offers careful grammatical analysis and exegesis with clear pastoral application.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 544
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 0802837395
ISBN-13: 9780802837394
Series: Pillar NT Commentary

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Newest volume in the acclaimed Pillar New Testament Commentary series

The question that Paul set before the ancient church in Corinth -- Do you not recognize that Jesus Christ is in and among you? (2 Cor 13:5) -- remains a critical question for the church today. This commentary by Mark Seifrid seeks to hear Paul’s message afresh and communicate it to our time.

Seifrid offers a unified reading of 2 Corinthians, which has often been regarded as a composite of excerpts and fragments. He argues that Paul’s message is directed at the "practical atheism" of the Corinthian church -- the hidden heresy that assumes God’s saving work in the world may be measured by outward standards of success and achievement.

Like all of the Pillar volumes, Seifrid’s commentary on 2 Corinthians offers careful grammatical analysis and exegesis with clear pastoral application.

Author Bio

Mark A. Seifrid is the Ernest and Mildred Hogan Professor of New Testament at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville, Kentucky, and the author of Christ, Our Righteousness: Paul's Theology of Justification.

Editorial Reviews

Bible Study Magazine
"Seifrid's new commentary will be valuable for a wide audience, but especially students and scholars interested in the original meaning of the letter. His contributions to the field of Pauline theology — and justification in particular — help this volume stand out from other commentaries on the letter."

James W. Voelz
-- Concordia Seminary, St. Louis
"If you value detailed, sustained exegesis coupled with deep theological analysis, then this commentary is for you. This is Mark Seifrid at his very best -- grappling intensely and respectfully with the content and progression of St. Paul's thought, and bringing it alive for the reader today. . . . Kudos!"

Douglas J. Moo
-- Wheaton College
"Mark Seifrid takes a distinctive approach to the commentator's task: rather than cataloging and evaluating the opinions of modern scholars, he chooses to focus on his own fresh, stimulating, and very definite interpretation of the letter, its theology, and its significance for fundamental issues of hermeneutics."

David E. Garland
-- George W. Truett Theological Seminary
"Seifrid brings extraordinary erudition, exegetical precision, and astute theological reflection to the interpretation of this poignant letter. He makes Paul's parental love for his problem church come alive and presents his word of the cross so that it also speaks to present-day realities. . . . An outstanding addition to an excellent commentary series."

Timothy George
-- Beeson Divinity School, Samford University
"Mark Seifrid has given us here a model commentary on Paul's most passionate, intensely personal letter. Refusing to dice up 2 Corinthians into disparate fragments, this volume presents a coherent if afflicted and sometimes distraught apostle committed to the fulfillment of the mission he has received from the risen Christ. At once a superb work of erudition and devotion."

Oswald Bayer
-- University of Tübingen
"Seifrid has discovered Paul's gospel afresh in 2 Corinthians. . . . I hope that through this commentary many others will discover the message of the gospel anew. Tolle, lege!"

Andrews University Seminary Studies
"An impressively thorough commentary, which offers both judicious comment and useful documentation. This is an outstanding addition to an excellent commentary series. It deserves to be ranked among the leading commentaries on 2 Corinthians."
 
Journal of Lutheran Mission
"Mark Seifrid has provided us with an excellent commentary on Second Corinthians demonstrating how the apostle engages in Witness, Mercy, and Life Together. All three are evidenced in Second Corinthians, and Seifrid is a sure-footed guide to exploring their meaning and implication for the Church’s mission."

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  1. The Geeky Calvinist
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A Superb Commentary
    September 1, 2017
    The Geeky Calvinist
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Second Letter to the Corinthians,written by Mark A. Seifrid and published by Eerdmans, is one of the well written modern commentaries on this book of the Bible. The Second Letter to the Corinthiansis the most recent volume of the Pillar New Testament, edited by D.A. Carson, a series which is synonymous with superior scholarship and excellent exegesis, and this volume continues this legacy. Seifrid is no stranger to studious commentaries series on scripture yet this is his first foray into the Pillar New Testament Commentary series.

    The Second Letter to the Corinthians begins with the typical study into the introductory matters of this book of the Bible, yet while introductions are common; this introduction is atypical of most commentaries. It is not that this work doesnt dive into history and recent scholarship, which The Second Letter to the Corinthiansdoes a phenomenal job of; rather, it is the thoroughness that Seifrid takes with these introductory matters which makes this commentary atypical. In a day where these matters are either glossed over to get to the exegesis of the text or are so cumbersome that they become useless, Seifrid has found a good balance in being thorough, communicating depth and attention to recent scholarship, all without losing the forest in the trees.

    In reference to the commentary on the text of this Gospel, Seifrid takes great care in carefully showing the original context of passage while sprinkling practical application to the reader throughout the textual commentary. With regard of recommending The Second Letter to the Corinthians, to others I would wholeheartedly recommend this commentary to students of scripture, with one caveat. By this I mean I recommend this work to Pastors, Scholars, Bible Teachers, Bible College Students, and Seminary Students, there is enough scholarly weight to this text to understand a particularly issue in the text while giving aid to pastors in preaching the text. The caveat is to the lay person who is looking for a commentary to read as a devotional, while a basic knowledge of Greek is not needed for understanding The Second Letter to the Corinthians, it is helpful and would not be suitable for devotional reading. There are many commentaries about the 2nd Corinthians available at this moment but Pillars New Testament commentaryTThe Second Letter to the Corinthians, is a step above the herd.

    This book was provided to me free of charge from Eerdmans Publishing in exchange for an unbiased, honest review.

    The Second Letter to the Corinthians: Pillar New Testament Commentary

    2014 by Mark A. Seifrid

    Publisher: Eerdmans

    Page Count: 569 Pages

    ISBN: 978-0802837394
  2. Jimmy Reagan
    Leesville, SC
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Helpful for pastors!
    July 26, 2015
    Jimmy Reagan
    Leesville, SC
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: male
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This volume faithfully extends the respect afforded the prestigious Pillar New Testament Commentary series published by Eerdmans and edited by D. A. Carson. It has several features to commend itself to pastors, perhaps even more than for scholars, though it is without question a scholarly volume.

    He has an unusually short Introduction. It is clear and penetrating, but much shorter than we are used to. That is not, however, a liability as he just works the discussion into the commentary. He also just ignores the more ridiculous and unfounded discussions that clutter many commentaries. I find that refreshing as some of those discussions do not merit one drop of ink.

    Some have criticized Seifrid for not interacting enough with other scholars. His focus was clearly more on expounding the text than esoteric scholarly rabbit trails. Again, that is a plus too! It seems to me that he was only sticking to the design of the series he was contributing to. I have heard others criticize him for some Lutheran theology. I am not a Lutheran, but hearing viewpoints that dont exactly match every other commentary is not a bad thing either.

    Taking the commentary here on its own, you will find well written and helpful exegesis to help get at the meaning of the text. I predict pastors will actually prefer it, as I do, over some of the other volumes out there. He gives us more insight into Paul and to what is going on in this second letter. I appreciate his taking this letter as a unified whole as well.

    The positives here are many and I highly recommend this volume for teaching and preaching Second Corinthians.

    I received this book free from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
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