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Second Corinthians (Sacra Pagina | SP)

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Regarded as the most personal of Paul’s “weighty and strong” (2 Cor. 10:10) letters, the Second Letter to the Corinthians continues to contribute toward the ”building up” (13:10) of its readers.

The Second Letter to the Corinthians is an implicit yet undeniable plea that Paul addresses to the Christians of Corinth and is impressive above all for its exposition of the apostle’s identity. In this letter Paul more than once fiercely counters the attacks of his opponents. He extensively describes both the quality and circumstances of his apostolic existence: the sufferings he endures, the opposition he encounters, and his continual care for the Churches. Second Corinthians is, therefore, highly significant theologically as well as autobiographically.

Not an easy letter to follow, the emotional language used in Second Corinthians, the question of the integrity of Second Corinthians as a letter, and inadequate information about the concrete situation at Corinth and the identity of Paul’s opponents make following the flow of Paul’s argument difficult at times. Yet Second Corinthians is an especially important document because of Paul’s ongoing reflection on his ministry. It is both profound in its content and style for its original audience as well as for today’s readers.

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“The distinction between Christ and Paul himself, however, disappears in the paradoxical language of 12:10b: ‘For whenever I am weak, then I am strong.’” (Page 208)

“He stresses the simultaneity of weakness and power. Of” (Page 208)

“Jewish Christians, even ministers of Christ. They should, however, be considered ‘false apostles” (Page 7)

“They preach another Jesus, a different gospel from the one Paul preaches, a different Spirit” (Page 7)

“Are they descendants of Abraham? So am I. Are they servants of Christ?” (Page 7)

Jan Lambrecht, in his new commentary, stands apart from the majority. He rejects the various division hypotheses and aligns himself with the very few individuals who see in 2 Corinthians a single, unified letter. . . . In sum, . . . it is quite good when looking at the text verse by verse and section by section. . . . The [‘Interpretation’ sections] are clear and to the point, and carefully guide the reader through the complex argumentation of the different sections of the letter. This makes this a solid resource for undergraduate students or the general public. The fact that the whole book is concise also will appeal to these people. On the other hand, the more detailed ‘Notes’ sections are beyond the reach of the typical undergraduate or anyone who is not well-grounded in the Greek New Testament. These sections of the commentary will appeal more to seminarians, graduate students, and scholars.

—Paul B. Duff, George Washington University

  • Title: Second Corinthians
  • Author: Jan Lambrecht
  • Series: Sacra Pagina Series
  • Volume: 8
  • Publisher: Liturgical Press
  • Print Publication Date: 1999
  • Logos Release Date: 2013
  • Pages: 262
  • Era: era:contemporary
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subject: Bible. N.T. 2 Corinthians › Commentaries
  • Resource ID: LLS:SP8COR2
  • Resource Type: Bible Commentary
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2024-03-25T20:54:55Z

Jan Lambrecht, S.J., is a professor emeritus of New Testament and biblical Greek at the Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium. From 1996 to 2001, he was also a visiting professor at the Pontifical Biblical Institute of Rome. He is an internationally known scholar and was a member of the Pontifical Biblical Commission from 1985 to 1995.

His books in English include Once More Astonished: The Parables of Jesus; The Sermon on the Mount: Proclamation and Exhortation; Justification by Faith: The Implications of Romans 3:27-31 (with Richard W. Thompson), and Out of the Treasure: The Parables in the Gospel of Matthew.


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