I’ve been including a few big picture overviews of Bible books and parts of books over the last week. In the Autumn Bearwood Chapel will be looking at 2 Corinthians together. Here’s an introduction to the book.
Author – Paul (not questioned)
Date – If 1 Corinthians can be dated to around 55AD then 2 Corinthians is a couple of years later
Paul had intended a visit to Corinth but had changed plans (2 Corinthians 1:12-24). Instead of going to Corinth he
– writes another letter Corinthians C (2 Corinthians 2:1-4). This is a severe letter (2 Corinthians 7:8).
– Asks Titus for a report (2 Corinthians 2:12-13 & 2 Corinthians 7:5-7)
Is this a single letter? Ch 1-9 seem very different in tone to 10-13. There isn’t much traction for the idea that there was a different author here but:
– Some suggest that ch 10-13 is the missing Corinthians C
– Alternative could this represent a further follow up letter, Corinthians D, based on further news?
– Has Paul started to write based on the first news but modified the ending based on updates?
– Or did Paul always intend to write the full letter but ch 1-9 serve to build bridges for the more painful material that is coming?
1:12-2:4 Why Paul’s travel plans have changed
2:5-11 Restoration of a repentant brother
2:12-13 = Events leading to letter
2:14-7:4 The nature and purpose of Paul’s ministry
7:5-16 Titus’s return and report
8:1-9:15 -The Jerusalem Collection (I think this fits in the context of helping this church to see how the fit into the wider body. They are not a go it alone unit).
10-13 -Responding to thresh opposition
- Ch 2:5-11: Is it possible to provide an historical reconstruction of the events surrounding the brother’s restoration? How useful is this passage when thinking about church discipline?
- How does 2 Corinthians 5:21 fit into the whole letter and into Paul’s theology? How does our knowledge of the circumstances and the rest of the letter affect our interpretation of this verse?