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2 Corinthians: Smyth & Helwys Bible Commentary Hardcover – August, 2009

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Smyth & Helwys Pub (August 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573125385
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573125383
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 7.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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Minor's commentary does a wonderful job introducing the reader to some of the major issues surrounding scholarship and interpretation of 1-2 Corinthians.

In the introduction to her commentary, she effectively lays out the various viewpoints regarding what sections of 2 Corinthians are separate letters and when in the timeline of Paul's relationship with the Christians of Corinth each letter fits.

While some readers might find this offensive, for me, it was refreshing to read a commentary that did not automatically assume that Paul was in the right on every issue. The epistles to the Corinthians deal with moments of great tension; to assume that Paul was always right and that his adversaries were always wrong does not translate into real life situations.

In her commentary on 2 Corinthians 3:7-4:6, she eloquently writes, "Freedom from what? Or to do what? Our context might lead us to think of freedom from veils, hardness of heart, blindness of mind, and so the freedom to grasp what God is doing in the world. Freedom from death, and so the freedom to be fully alive. Freedom for Gentiles to become children of God. Freedom from a need to hide or be deceitful. Freedom from the patronage system and needing letters of recommendation or anything else to prove oneself. Indeed, freedom from slavery to any aspect of Roman oppression just as the children of the exodus were free from Pharaoh. And, of course, freedom to conduct one's ministry with frankness, boldness, and openness before others as Paul claims to have done. Paul could have any of these freedoms in mind. Or all of them. Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom" (78).

The only reason I am not giving this commentary five stars is because of her chapter on 2 Corinthians 6:11-7:4.
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