Letters of Paul

2 Corinthians

Apostle Paul by Rublev

Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians is a rich letter full of powerful imagery. It appears to not be a single letter but a collection of fragments, lacking a cohesive theological argument or addressing a particular issue. This makes understanding Paul’s message to the Corinthians challenging to understand.

The description of the likely segmentation into the fragments is the first step in delving into this writing. Then, analyzing the “situating” of the fragments in the timeline of Paul’s relationship with the Corinthian community can be very helpful in making sense of Paul’s communication with them. This approach gives you an opportunities to understand a complex writing as a look into Paul’s emotional attachment to the Corinthians and his passionate understanding of the gospel of Christ.


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