Westminster Commentary on 2 Corinthians by H.L. Goudge

Henry Leighton Goudge [1866-1939], The Second Epistle to the Corinthians with Introduction and Notes. Westminster Commentaries

This is an exegetical commentary on 2 Corinthians by Henry Leighton Goudge, Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford University.

My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy this public domain book available for digitisation.

Henry Leighton Goudge [1866-1939], The Second Epistle to the Corinthians with Introduction and Notes. Westminster Commentaries. London: Mehtuen & Co. Ltd.,1927. Hbk. pp.135. [Click to visit the download page for this title]

Table of Contents

  • Prefatory Note
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Text, Paraphrase and Additional Notes
  • Index

Cambridge Greek Testament on 2 Corinthians – Alfred Plummer

Alfred Plummer [1841-1926], The Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians. Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges

This is a commentary on the Greek Text of 2 Corinthians by the prolific biblical commentator Alfred Plummer. The Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges series is proving to be one of the most popular I have digitised to date, as the contributors’ knowledge of Greek was outstanding. My thanks to Book Aid for making a copy of this public domain work available for digitisation.

Alfred Plummer [1841-1926], The Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians. Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1912. Hbk. pp.264. [Click here to visit the download page for this title]

able of Contents

  1. Introduction
    1. The Genuineness of the Epistle
    2. Place and Time, Occasion and Purpose
    3. Contents and Results
    4. Language and Style
    5. Quotations from the Old Testament
    6. The Greek Text
    7. The Integrity of the Epistle
    8. Commentaries
  2. Text
  3. Notes
  4. Appendices
  5. Indices

Plummer’s 2 Corinthians Commentary

The following public domain commentary on 2 Corinthians is now available in pdf:

Alfred Plummer [1841–1926], A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians. Edinburgh: T &T Clark, 1915. Hbk. pp.404.

Don Carson notes in his New Testament Commentary Survey (6th edn.), that this commentary:

“…tends to be pedestrian, but is worth picking up second hand; I cannot imagine paying those prices [$50.00] for a new copy.”

 2 Corinthians

Introduction

1. Authenticity

The evidence, both external and internal, for the genuineness of 2 Corinthians is so strong that a commentator might be excused for assuming it without discussion. In the present state of criticism there is no need to spend time in examining the captious and speculative objections which have been, during the last sixty years, urged against this and others of the four great Epistles of St Paul by a very small group of eccentric critics, and various recent commentators not only abstain from doing so, but do not even think it worthwhile to give so much as a summary of the evidence in favour of the genuineness.The external evidence does not begin quite so early as that for 1 Corinthians; for we may regard it as certain that the Second Epistle was unknown to Clement of Rome, who was so well acquainted with the First. Much of the Second would have served his purpose much better than the First Epistle; yet, frequently as he quotes the First, he nowhere exhibits any knowledge of the Second, for none of the five or six passages, in which some writers have thought that there may be an echo of something in 2 Corinthians, can be relied upon as showing this. Those who care to verify this statement may compare 2 Cor. i. 5, viii. 9, x. 3, 4, x. 13, 15, 16, x. 17, x. 18 respectively with Clem. ii. l, xvi. 2, xxxvii. 1, i. 3, xiii. l, xxx. 6.Clement is writing on behalf of the Church of Rome to rebuke the Corinthians for rebelling against authority, and he tells them to “take up the Epistle of the blessed Paul the Apostle” and see how he rebukes them for party spirit. It would have been far more to the point to have referred to the Second Epistle in which St Paul rebukes them far more severely for rebellion. “Yet in the sixty-five chapters of Clement’s epistle there is not a single sentence which indicates that he had ever heard that the Corinthians has before his own time rebelled against those set over them, or that they had ever repented of their rebellion, though he tells the Corinthians that he has handled every argument”(Kennedy, The Second and Third Epistles to the Corinthians, p. 147). The absence of any clear quotation may be regarded as conclusive. “In the whole field of literature it would hardly be possible to adduce a stronger case of proof” (Rendall, The Epistles of St Paul to the Corinthians, p. 91). The inference is that 2 Corinthians in A.D. 96 was not known in the Church of Rome; it had not yet been circulated through the Churches.

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