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The Theology of the Second Letter to the Corinthians (New Testament Theology)

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"They are very useful volumes produced in the best tradition of British scholarship: lucidly written and argued without any claims the text cannot bear....the collected volumes belong on every reference shelf." Lawrence S. Cunningham, Commonweal

"Murphy-O'Connor's contribution to this series on II Corinthians is a model of clarity and good sense." Lawrence S. Cunningham, Commonweal

"Murphy-O'Connor has a well-deserved reputation as one of the leading interpreters of Paul's Corinthian correspondence....Murphy-O'Connor is often provoctaive, and this work is no exception. Many of his interpretations are persuasive....the volume is a welcome addition by an important scholar and is highly recommended...." John T. Fitzgerald, Religious Studies Review

Book Description

In addition to depicting a particularly accessible picture of the distinctive theological contribution made by 2 Corinthians, this analysis provides new insights into the relation of Christ to the ministry of the Church.

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Product Details

  • Series: New Testament Theology
  • Hardcover: 180 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (May 31, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521353793
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521353793
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,400,588 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brian Gamel on September 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
As with most other books in this series (New Testament Theology), Murphy-O'Connor's 2 Corinthians is a fine piece of craftsmanship.
O'Connor gets good marks first off by breaking out of the stifling four-chapter set-up that seems to plague most books in this series (intro, theology, book in NT canon, book for today) by following the flow of the book. This approach is much preferred for most NT books since they present their ideas from argumentation. Following the argument and progression of the book is better for readers since it helps to relate the book as a whole to its underlying ideas, rather than just having theology done in a vacuum.
O'Connors strongest praise comes from his ability to present Paul as a frustrated and insecure man and not just as an apostle. And this probably owes to the nature of 2 Corinthians as it seems to be one of the most personal of his extant letters. The whole of the letter (or letters) is concerned with Paul presenting a view of right ministry, characterized by weakness as much as it is by power. And in defending his claim to apostleship we see Paul at his most vulnerable.
The background given for this letter is intriguing, if not entirely convincing. Claiming that there are two groups of people at Corinth - the "Spirit-people" who betray signs of early gnosticism and over-realized eschatology, and the Judaizers, who are attempting to enforce their pattern of law-abiding Christianity on the church - O'Connor presents 2 Corinthians as an attempt to turn the one group against the other while maintaining the one's allegiance to the church. It sounds complicated and at times some of the exegesis from the text appears to be stretched, but it is a fascinating hypothesis and, if true, seems to hold its own from the text.
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