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

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Pages   166
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.48" Width: 5.72" Height: 0.45"
Weight:   0.54 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 19, 1991
Publisher   Cambridge University Press
ISBN  0521358981  
EAN  9780521358989  

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The resonances in the dialogue of Paul's Second Letter to the Corinthians are difficult to detect unless the reader has some knowledge of the social, religious, and economic situation of the community to which the apostle was writing. In this lucid and clear survey, Father Murphy-O'Connor attempts to provide such background information, which he integrates skillfully into a flowing exposition of Paul's thought. St. Paul's theology thus comes to life as the complex interplay of factors that prompted him to write as he did to the Corinthians are examined and explored. In addition to providing a particularly accessible picture of the distinctive theological contribution made by 2 Corinthians, the author's book prompts new insights into the relation of Christ to the ministry of the Church.

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The Second Letter to the Corinthians is one of Paul's most intriguing epistles. In reality, it comprises two documents. In the first, Paul cautiously attempts to repair the damage done to his relations with the Corinthians by an earlier letter (1 Corinthians) and to deal with the upset caused by the presence in Corinth of rival missionaries from Jerusalem. In the second, he reacts angrily against an unexpected further deterioration of the situation at Corinth. The resonances in the dialogue between Paul and the parties in question cannot be detected easily without some awareness on the reader's part of the social, religious, and economic situation of the Christian community to which Paul was writing. The aim of this book is to integrate such background information into a flowing exposition of the apostle's thought, and thus to bring Paul's theology to life by highlighting the complex interplay of factors which prompted him to write in the way he did.

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Jerome Murphy-O'Connor is Professor of New Testament at the Ecole Biblique et Archeologique Francaise in Jerusalem and a leading authority on the historical Jesus and Saint Paul. His other publications include Paul: A Critical Life and Paul, His Story.

Jerome Murphy-O'Connor currently resides in Jerusalem. Jerome Murphy-O'Connor was born in 1935 and has an academic affiliation as follows - Ecole Biblique et Archeologique Francaise, Jerusalem Ecole Biblique et.

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A great look at the humanity of Paul  Sep 26, 2003
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.

The look at how Paul would attack the one group to gain favor with the other group all the while defending his own unique calling from the risen Christ makes for a very interesting read. Most interesting of all, as mentioned above, is the look into Paul's fears about his church and himself and the mistakes made in his attempt to present himself fully to his church. In the end, such a display of humanity commends itself to relevance for today in both private life and ministry and the connections to both that O'Connor make are not hard to come by.

Overall, this book has more than met my expectations regarding this series and I highly recommend it.


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