Author: Paul of
Date Written: 55 or 56 AD
Second Corinthians is the fourth letter that Paul wrote to the Christian community in
In Ch 1-7 Paul expresses his deep affection for the Corinthians. He explains his change of travel plans which prevented him from coming to
In the last section of the letter (10-13), Paul forcefully defends himself and his ministry against his opponents at
Paul writes II Cor for explicitly personal purposes, yet his language is suffused with theological meaning. This dynamic makes II Cor a challenging letter to understand and it must be noted that we are really reading someone else's mail. Paul displays how a good pastor of souls should relate to his flock in times of crisis. Some themes of II Cor are God's comfort in affliction, dealing with difficulties in relationships, forgiveness, the centrality of the life of Jesus, the paradoxical nature of the Christian life: "treasure in jars of clay," the hope of heaven, our bodies as temples of God, tithing, the meaning of suffering and the importance of apostolic authority. II Cor shows how Christian faith is very much intertwined with earthly life, but only until we "put on our heavenly dwelling" (5:2).
By Mark Giszczak