Cover

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Title Page, Copyright

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Foreword

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pp. ix-x

The series is designed to be a critical and historical commentary to the Bible without arbitrary limits in size or scope. It will utilize the full range of philological and historical tools, including textual criticism (often slighted in modern commentaries), the methods...

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Preface

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pp. xi-xiv

A commentary on only two chapters of one of the letters of the apostle Paul requires special justification. The chapters 2 Corinthians 8 and 9, however, have not been arbitrarily selected from a given body of text. These chapters constitute the...

Reference Codes

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pp. xv-xxv

Note on the Edition

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p. xxvi

2 Corinthians 8 and 9

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I: 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 in the History of New Testament Scholarship

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pp. 3-36

Investigation of the literary problems of 2 Corinthians goes back to the beginning of historical-critical inquiry into the New Testament. In his 1776 commentary on 2 Corinthians, Johann Salomo Semler (1725-91), professor on the liberal theological faculty at Halle since...

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II: 2 Corinthians 8, a Letter to the Church of Corinth

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pp. 37-86

How does the example work? Paul first made some general observations on the paradoxical situation of the Macedonian churches. Like all Christian communities, including that of the Corinthians, the Macedonian...

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III: 2 Corinthians 9, a Letter to the Christians of Achaia

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pp. 87-128

In terms of literary composition, the beginning of chapter 9 can easily be identified as the exordium, the introduction to the body of the letter.1 If this identification is correct, the redactor has chosen once again to omit the epistolary prescript, as he did in chapter...

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IV: The Literary Genre and Function

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pp. 129-140

We can come to grips with the problem of the literary genre of Paul's epistles only by drawing upon existing literary parallels. In the process, difficulties which arise from the nature of this comparative material must be considered. The material for comparison must...

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V: The Letters of Chapters 8 and 9 and the Other Corinthian Correspondence of Paul

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pp. 141-145

In conclusion, we must deal with the question of how the letters of chapters 8 and 9, which we have reconstructed, are related to the rest of the apostle's correspondence, and where these letters are to be placed in its history. In respect to this question, we must distinguish between...

Bibliography

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pp. 146-154

Indices

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pp. 155-177

Designer’s Notes

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pp. 178-180

Back Cover

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