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The Second Epistle to the Corinthians
HARDCOVER; Published: 1/26/2005
ISBN: 978-0-8028-2393-9
Price: $ 83.99
1117 Pages
Trim Size, in inches: 6 x 9.25
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Series: The New International Greek Testament Commentary (NIGTC)

The reputation of the NIGTC series is so outstanding that the appearance of each new volume is noteworthy. This book on 2 Corinthians is no exception. Master New Testament exegete Murray J. Harris has produced a superb commentary that analyzes the Greek text verse by verse against the backdrop of Paul's tumultuous relations with his converts at Corinth.

Believing that Scripture cannot be understood theologically unless it has first been understood grammatically, Harris provides a careful, thoroughgoing reading of the text of 2 Corinthians. He gives special attention to matters of translation, making regular references not only to the standard modern English translations but also to influential older versions such as The Twentieth Century New Testament and those by Weymouth, Moffatt, and Goodspeed. His close attention to matters of textual criticism and grammar leads to discussions of the theology of 2 Corinthians that show the relevance of Paul's teaching to Christian living and church ministry.

Other notable features of the book include a comprehensive introduction in which all the relevant literary and historical issues are discussed, an expanded paraphrase of the letter that conveniently shows Harris's decisions on exegetical issues and indicates the flow of Paul's argument, a chronology of the relations of Paul, Timothy, and Titus with the Corinthian church, and an excursus on Paul's "affliction in Asia" (1:8-11) and its influence on his outlook and theology.

The Bible Today
"Provides a thorough analysis of the Greek text of the letter and is geared toward the serious student of the New Testament who wants to understand the nuances and complexity of the Greek."
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
"Love it or hate it, reading Harris's commentary feels like attending a seminar in advanced Greek grammar. And I loved it. . . I was amazed and grateful for the amount of work he did to take me to a 'deeper level' in Greek-reading maturity."
Review of Biblical Literature
"Those who are looking for a detailed exmamination of the Greek text will find this volume satisfying. It should be a standard reference work for those who value preaching or teaching from the Greek text as well as those who want to teach from 2 Corinthians, one of the most intimate of Paul's letters."
Expository Times
"A significant contribution to Pauline studies . . . extremely beneficial to all who seek to grapple with the epistles of Paul in their original language."
David E. Garland
"This is a masterful analysis of the Greek text of 2 Corinthians by a master exegete. Murray Harris combines precise attention to details of syntax with warmhearted theological insight. With its extensive and incisive introduction, this volume sets the gold standard for commentaries on 2 Corinthians. "
Colin G. Kruse
"Murray Harris's commentary on 2 Corinthians is a truly magnificent piece of work. It includes a comprehensive discussion of the literary and historical issues, expert comment on the Greek text, and a mastery of and interaction with the secondary literature (and this always with a clear and sympathetic presentation of differing views, concluding with an equally clear and reasoned statement of his own views). Also outstanding about this commentary are the enviable clarity with which Harris writes and the warmth of his engagement with the pastoral and theological themes of this epistle. I have no doubt that Harris's commentary on 2 Corinthians will become a standard work for years to come."