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2 Corinthians 8 and 9 A Commentary on Two Administrative Letters of the Apostle Paul by Hans Dieter Betz Edited by George W. MacRae Fortress Press Philadelphia © 1985 by Fortress Press All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise, without the prior permission of the copyright owner. Library of Congress Catalog Card Number 83-48904 ISBN 0-8006-6014-5 Printed in the United States of America Design by Kenneth Hiebert Type set on an Ibycus System at Polebridge Press Kl28G85 20-6014 Hugo Grotius, TO MARTIN CRESSEY THEODOR LORENZMEIER ARMIN SCHULZ -FAITHFUL FRIENDS NON IGNORAVIT PAULUS ARTEM RHETORUM, MOVERE LAUDANDO Annoteflones In Novum Testamentum II (Parisiis: Sumptibus Authoris, 1646) p.488 The Author Hans Dieter Betz is Professor of New Testament at the Divinity School and Chairman of the Department of New Testament and Early Christian Literature at the University of Chicago. Born in 1931 in Lemgo, Germany, he served as a pastor of churches in the Reformed Tradition before he came to the United States in 1963. From 1963 to 1978 he taught at the School of Theology and the Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California. The author's lengthy list of published works shows his major interests to be the epistles and theology of the apostle Paul (Nachfolge und Nachahmungjesu Christi im Neuen Testament; Der Apostel Paulus und die sokratische Tradition; Paul's Concept of Freedom; Galatians) and the Sermon on the Mount (Essays on the Sermon on the Mount). Another of his interests has been the investigation of the relationship of the New Testament to its religious environment; this is reflected in books andjournal articles on the New Testament and Greco-Roman literature (Lukian von Samosata und das Neue Testament; Plutarch's Theological Writings and Early Christian Literature; Plutarch's Ethical Writings and Early Christian Literature; The Greek Magical Papyri in Translation). ...