Bibliography: 2 Corinthians


Keener, Craig S. 1–2 Corinthians. NCamBC. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Martin, Ralph P. Word Biblical Themes: 1, 2 Corinthians. Dallas: Word, 1989.

Murphy-O’Connor, Jerome. The Theology of the Second Letter to the Corinthians. NTT. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1991.

Pascuzzi, Maria A. First and Second Corinthians. NColBC 7. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 2005.

Roetzel, Calvin J. 2 Corinthians. ANTC. Nashville: Abingdon, 2007.

Talbert, Charles H. Reading Corinthians: A Literary and Theological Commentary. Rev. ed. RNTS. Macon, GA: Smyth & Helwys, 2003.

Wan, Sze-kar. Power in Weakness: The Second Letter of Paul to the Corinthians. NTC. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 2000.

Wright, Tom. Paul for Everyone: 2 Corinthians. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2004.

Young, Frances, and David F. Ford. Meaning and Truth in 2 Corinthians. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1987.

Critical Commentaries

Barnett, Paul. The Second Epistle to the Corinthians. NICNT. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997.

Barrett, C. K. The Second Epistle to the Corinthians. HNTC. New York: Harper & Row, 1973.

Best, Ernest. Second Corinthians. Interpretation. Atlanta: John Knox, 1987.

Betz, Hans Dieter. 2 Corinthians 8 and 9: A Commentary on Two Administrative Letters of the Apostle Paul. Hermeneia. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1985.

Furnish, Victor Paul. II Corinthians. AB 32A. Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1984.

Harris, Murray J. The Second Epistle to the Corinthians: A Commentary on the Greek Text. NIGTC. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005.

Lambrecht, Jan. Second Corinthians. SP. Collegeville, MN: Liturgical Press, 1999.

Martin, Ralph P. 2 Corinthians. WBC 40. Waco: Word, 1986.

Matera, Frank J. II Corinthians. NTL. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2003.

Thrall, Margaret E. A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Second Epistle to the Corinthians. 2 vols. ICC 36. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1994–2000.

Witherington, Ben, III. Conflict and Community in Corinth: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994.

Is 2 Corinthians a Composite Letter?

Brown, Raymond. An Introduction to the New Testament, 548–51 ABRL. New York: Doubleday, 1997.

Carson, D. A., and Douglas J. Moo. “1 and 2 Corinthians.” In Introduction to the New Testament, 429–42. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2005.

Furnish, Victor Paul. II Corinthians, 35–48, 371–83. AB 32A. Garden City: Doubleday, 1984.

Hall, David R. The Unity of the Corinthian Correspondence. JSNTSup 251. London: T&T Clark, 2003.

Long, Frederick J. Ancient Rhetoric and Paul’s Apology: The Compositional Unity of 2 Corinthians. SNTSMS 131. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2005.

Martin, Ralph P. 2 Corinthians, xxxvii–lii. WBC 40. Waco: Word, 1986.

Trobish, David. Paul’s Letter Collection: Tracing the Origins. Minneapolis: Fortress, 1994.

Paul’s Conflict with Opponents

Carson, D. A. From Triumphalism to Maturity: An Exposition of 2 Corinthians 10–13. Grand Rapids: Baker Academic, 1984.

Georgi, D. The Opponents of Paul in Second Corinthians: A Study of Religious Propaganda in Late Antiquity. Rev. ed. Philadelphia: Fortress, 1985.

Gunther, J. J. St. Paul’s Opponents and Their Background: A Study of Apocalyptic and Jewish Sectarian Teachings. NovTSup 35. Leiden: Brill, 1973.

Marshall, Peter. Enmity in Corinth: Social Conventions in Paul’s Relations with the Corinthians. 2nd ed. WUNT 2/23. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1991.

Oostendorp, D. W. Another Jesus: A Gospel of Jewish-Christian Superiority in II Corinthians. Kampen: Kok, 1976.

Peterson, Brian K. Eloquence and the Proclamation of the Gospel in Corinth. SBLDS 163. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1998.

Sumney, J. L. Identifying Paul’s Opponents: The Question of Method in 2 Corinthians. JSNTSup 40. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1990.

Apostolic Authority

Castelli, Elizabeth A. Imitating Paul: A Discourse of Power. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1991.

deSilva, David A. The Credentials of an Apostle: Paul’s Gospel in 2 Corinthians 1–7. Richland Hills, TX: BIBAL Press, 1998.

Schütz, J. H. Paul and the Anatomy of Apostolic Authority. SNTSMS 26. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1975.

Paul’s Boasting

Madros, P. The Pride and Humility of Saint Paul in His Second Letter to the Corinthians. Jerusalem: Franciscan Press, 1990.

Human Frailty and Suffering

Fitzgerald, John T. Cracks in an Earthen Vessel: An Examination of the Catalogues of Hardships in the Corinthian Correspondence. SBLDS 99. Atlanta: Scholars Press, 1988.

Gignilliat, Mark. Paul and Isaiah’s Servants: Paul’s Theological Reading of Isaiah 40–66 in 2 Corinthians 5:15–6:10. LNTS 330. London: T&T Clark, 2007.

Hafemann, S. J. Suffering and Ministry in the Spirit: Paul’s Defense of His Ministry in II Corinthians 2:14–3:3. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1990.

Harvey, A. E. Renewal through Suffering: A Study of 2 Corinthians. Edinburgh: T&T Clark, 1996.

Savage, Timothy B. Power through Weakness: Paul’s Understanding of the Christian Ministry in 2 Corinthians. SNTSMS 86. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Wan, Sze-kar. Power in Weakness: Conflict and Rhetoric in Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 2000.

The Collection for Jerusalem

Georgi, Dieter. Remembering the Poor: The History of Paul’s Collection for Jerusalem. 1965. Reprint, Nashville: Abingdon, 1992.

Khiok-Khing, Yeo. Rhetorical Interaction in 1 Corinthians 8–10. BIS 9. Leiden: Brill, 1995.

Nickle, Keith F. The Collection: A Study in Paul’s Strategy. SBT 48. London: SCM, 1966.

O’Mahony, Kieran J. Pauline Persuasion: A Sounding in 2 Corinthians 8–9. JSNTSup 199. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 2000.

The Rhetoric of 2 Corinthians

Castelli, Elizabeth A. Imitating Paul: A Discourse of Power. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 1991.

Crafton, J. A. The Agency of the Apostle: A Dramatic Analysis of Paul’s Responses to Conflict in 2 Corinthians. JSNTSup 51. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1991.

DiCicco, M. M. Paul’s Use of Ethos, Pathos, and Logos in 2 Corinthians 10–13. Lewiston, NY: Mellen, 1995.

Wan, Sze-kar. Power in Weakness: Conflict and Rhetoric in Paul’s Second Letter to the Corinthians. Harrisburg, PA: Trinity Press International, 2000.

Some Noteworthy Passages

On the Triumphal Procession (2 Cor. 2:14–17)

Aus, Roger David. Imagery of Triumph and Rebellion in 2 Corinthians 2:14–17 and Elsewhere in the Epistle: An Example of the Combination of Greco-Roman and Judaic Traditions in the Apostle Paul. Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 2005.

On the Glory of God Revealed in Christ (2 Cor. 3:7–18)

Belleville, Linda L. Reflections of Glory: Paul’s Polemical Use of the Moses-Doxa Tradition in 2 Corinthians 3.1–18. JSNTSup 52. Sheffield: Sheffield Academic Press, 1981.

Hafemann, Scott J. Paul, Moses, and the History of Israel: The Letter/Spirit Contrast and the Argument from Scripture in 2 Corinthians 3. WUNT 81. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1995.

On Groaning to Put on Immortality (4:16–5:10)

Lindgaard, Fredrik. Paul’s Line of Thought in 2 Corinthians 4:16–5:10. WUNT 2/189. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2005.

Szypula, W. The Holy Spirit in the Eschatological Tension of Christian Life: An Exegetico-Theological Study of 2 Corinthians 5,1–5 and Romans 8,18–27. TGST 147. Rome: Editrice Pontifica Università Gregoriana, 2007.

On the Metaphor “Ambassadors of Christ” (2 Cor. 5:18–20)

Bash, Anthony. Ambassadors for Christ: An Exploration of Ambassadorial Language in the New Testament. WUNT 2/92. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 1997.

On the Holy Not Being “Mismatched” with the Unholy (2 Cor. 6:14–7:1)

Adewuya, J. Ayodeji. Holiness and Community in 2 Corinthians 6:14–7:1: Paul’s View of Communal Holiness in the Corinthian Correspondence. New York: Peter Lang, 2003.

On the Mysterious Reference to Being Caught Up to the “Third Heaven” (2 Cor. 12:2)

Gooder, Paula R. Only the Third Heaven? 2 Corinthians 12.1–10 and Heavenly Ascent. LNTS 313. London: T&T Clark, 2006.

Other Academic Studies

Adams, Edward, and David Horrell, eds. Christianity at Corinth: The Quest for the Pauline Church. Louisville: Westminster John Knox, 2004.

Blanton, T. R. Constructing a New Covenant: Discursive Strategies in the Damascus Document and Second Corinthians. WUNT 2/233. Tübingen: Mohr Siebeck, 2007.

Hay, David M., ed. Pauline Theology. Vol. 2, 1 and 2 Corinthians. Atlanta: Society of Biblical Literature, 1993.