Commentary on 2 Corinthians by Alfred Plummer

The ruins of ancient Corinth
The Ruins of Ancient Corinth [Photo source: Pixabay]
This is a brief commentary on 2 Corinthians by Alfred Plummer [1841-1926], written with young people in mind.

My thanks to Book Aid for providing a copy of the book for digitisation. This title is in the public domain.

Alfred Plummer [1841-1926], The Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians. Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges, 1923 reprint. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1903. Hbk. pp.156. [Click to visit the download page]

Table 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. Quotation from the Old Testament

    § 6. The Greek Text

    § VII. The Integrity of the Epistle

    §VIII. Commentaries

  2. Text and Notes
  3. Appendices
  4. Index

Introduction

The Genuineness of the Epistle

The genuineness of this letter is as impregnable as that of l Corinthians, which imparts much of its own strength to the later letter. But the independent evidence in favour of 2 Corinthians is very strong, although the external testimony begins a little later than in the case of the earlier letter.

There is no evidence that the Second Epistle was known to Clement of Rome. The supposed reminiscences are very unconvincing: e.g. 2 Cor. i. 5 and Clem. ii. 1, 2 Cor. viii. 9 and Clem. xvi. 2, 2 Cor. x. 3, 4 and Clem. xxxvii. 1, 2 Cor. x. 13, 15, 16 and Clem. i. 3, 2 Cor. x. 17 and Clem. xiii. 1, 2 Cor. x. 18 and Clem. xxx. 6. There is much of 2 Corinthians that would have suited Clement’s purpose very well; so much so, that we may believe that he would have made as free use of it as he does of 1 Corinthians had he known the Second Epistle….

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