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Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 40: 2 Corinthians

Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 40: 2 Corinthians

Ralph P. Martin

| Thomas Nelson | 1998


In a penetrating analysis of Paul’s responses to the various crises within the Corinthian congregation, Ralph Martin gives new insight into the particular problems of Christianity as expressed in the hedonistic, cosmopolitan setting of Corinth. He shows how Paul’s attempt to redefine the gospel in terms that clearly distinguish it from Hellenistic Jewish Christian ideology results in a moving statement of the Christian message. Rather than the “theology of glory” prevalent at Corinth, Paul articulates his theology of the cross as a “theology of weakness,” of servant- hood and ministry. What was at stake at Corinth, says Martin, was “nothing less than the essence of the kerygma as expressed in the way of the cross.”

Author Bio

Ralph P. Martin (1925–2013) served as scholar-in-residence at several schools, including Fuller Theological Seminary, Haggard School of Theology, and Azusa Pacific University. He was a professor emeritus of New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary and an associate professor in biblical studies at the University of Sheffield in England.

Martin earned degrees at University of London and King’s College. He has written several commentaries and books, including Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Ephesians, Colossians, and Philemon, the commentaries on 2 Corinthians in the Word Biblical Commentary series, and many more!