This chapter presents an introduction to 2 Corinthians. Introductory matters addressed include Paul’s missionary visit to Corinth and his correspondence with the Corinthians, the character of Paul’s letter, the course of events in Paul’s relationship with the Corinthians, critical issues including the history of the text and behind the text, the structure of the letter, and an outline of it.
This chapter forms an introduction to 2 Corinthians. Introductory matters discussed are the placing of Paul in mid-first century AD, the city of Corinth, the Corinthian context and leadership values, Paul’s relationship with the Corinthians, the form and purpose of the letter, the message and intent of 2 Corinthians, and the outline of the book.
This essay wants to place 2 Corinthians in the life of the apostle Paul as a missionary and church leader whose apostoleship was a subject of controversy at Corinth. It sketches the course of apostolic history in outline and indicates the way Paul's vocation was shaped by the flow of events that led to the composition of the letter.
What were the appropriate Christian responses to the complexity of daily life presided over by the deities in Corinth, as portrayed in 1 Corinthians 8-1 Corinthians 10? This essay responds to this question by first describing the religious pluralism of Roman Corinth, which took for granted the legitimacy of all its many gods and many lords.
The purpose of 1 Clement is to restore order and harmony in the church of Corinth. In addressing the conflict, Clement quotes from 1 Corinthians. This essay reflects on the relevance of the quotation from 1 Corinthians for Clement’s purpose and devotes attention to Clement’s own exhortations to the Corinthians.
In Corinth the simplicity of the gospel was undermined. Silver-tongued speakers made promises about the keys to success and happiness. Because they made at least some appeal to Christ, the super-apostles convinced some of the Corinthian believers that they were still bringing the gospel. However, for them the gospel was not enough. They wanted to make Christianity relevant in a pagan commercial center like Corinth.