The Second Epistle to the Corinthians [NICNT] illuminates the historical background of the church at Corinth and clarifies the meaning of Paul's passionate letter both for those first-century Christians and for today.
Barnett assumes and offers argument for the unity of the letter and takes the view that Paul is addressing the issue of triumphalism in Corinth expressed by the newly arrived missioners who portray Paul as inferior to themselves. It is also endemic among the Corinthians and according to Barnett, the recurring theme of the letter is power-in-weakness, based on the motif of the Resurrection of the Crucified, which lies at the heart of the gospel of Christ. A powerfully written and argued commentary.
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Date:May 10, 2001
Paul Barnett is a gifted exegete and this commentary is an excellent addition to the NICNT series. However, I found the need to look to Barnett's predecessor, Philip Edgcumbe Hughes, at a number of points in the text of 2 Corinthians for a fuller explanation. The most notable is 5:18-21, where I think Barnett really falls short on a thorough explanation of that marvelous passage. Barnett excels in word studies and interaction with other commentators in the word studies in this passage, but fails to give the kind of attention to explanation that I find in Hughes' work. I also thought that Barnett could have dealt with the difference in the Arminian and Calvinist interpretation of this passage. On the other hand, Barnett helped me to better understand the full-orbed meaning of the epistle and its relation to 1 Corinthians. Overall, this is a great work.