We find these wonderful messages in 2 Corinthians
According to Paul, the believers in Macedonia gave willingly and experienced "abundant joy, which [had] overflowed in rich generosity" (2 Corinthians
Moses in Corinth: The Apologetic Context of 2 Corinthians
Although the situation in 2 Corinthians
may prove supportive of this, the case for 1 Corinthians is weak.
His argument centers on: Matthew 18:15-20; Acts 6:3 13:2-3, 15:22; 1 Corinthians 5:2; and 2 Corinthians
He maintains that Paul wrote 2 Corinthians
to deal with two crises.
This latter point is then underlined by reference to 2 Corinthians
8-9, a separate letter soliciting the Corinthian Christians to contribute, which also is at pains to emphasize that the Jerusalem recipients would not thereby be under the customary obligation to their benefactors.
The letters that most scholars agree were written by Paul himself--1 Thessalonians, Galatians, Philippians, 1 and 2 Corinthians
, Romans, and Philemon--were all written between 51 and 58 A.D., whereas the earliest gospel we have, Mark, might be written as early as 65.
In the first chapter Reimund Bieringer offers a detailed review of scholarship concerning the relationship between 1 and 2 Corinthians
, showing how different approaches vary in their assessment of the degree and nature of continuity/discontinuity between the two canonical epistles and the situations which they address.
19-99); and 2) an investigation of the motif of "power through weakness" in 2 Corinthians
3-4, first thematically and then exegetically.
Rather than envying those whose faith in God seems unwavering, Jesus wants you and me to personally fix our eyes on Him (2 Corinthians
Swimming in the Sea of Scripture: Paul's Use of the Old Testament in 2 Corinthians