AUTHOR: George H. Guthrie
PUBLISHER: Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2015, (736 pages).
"At times and places in the twenty-first century, we the church are wanderers, false teachers, faithful or faithless sufferers, fellow-workers with Paul, disillusioned ministers or congregations, opponents of the true gospel, polished and competitive and powerful public speakers, or powerless leaders who long for status and popularity and social significance like a dehydrated, dying person longs for water. Especially in the American church, we too easily drift into ruts of power, posturing, position, and presentation as the pragmatic backbone of ministerial effectiveness, and 2 Corinthians offers a sobering, loud, cautionary voice against such an approach to ministry."
I don't know about you, but that sure speaks of experience of working with people in any Church or Christian organizations. Broken people break one another, directly or indirectly. When we serve God, we do not do so from the position of personal preferences or discriminations. We serve from the premise of God's calling for us regardless of how people treat us.
The All-Important Introduction chapter highlights many interesting points.
- Need for a firm understanding of the historical setting
- The person of Paul in the middle first Century AD
- The unique position of Paul being a Roman citizen while at the same time thoroughly familiar with Greek and Jewish cultures
- The city of Corinth as an important cosmopolitan center of commerce, politics, power, and culture
- The unique problems facing the Corinthian church
- Paul's relationship with the Corinthians
- The reasons for the letter
The commentary is divided into four major segments:
- Opening and Prologue (1:1-1:11)
- Integrity of Paul's Ministry (1:12-7:16)
- Ministry of Giving (8:1-9:15)
- Confrontation of Malignant Ministries (10:1-13:13)
Students of Greek and exegesis will find this book a welcome resource. Pastors and teachers will benefit in terms of having a ready reference. Readers in general may even be enticed with a new found appreciation for the original Greek language.
Rating: 5 stars of 5.
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