Saturday, 16 January 2016

Notes on II Corinthians

This week's Matins readings are from 2 Corinthians, so thirteen chapters to get through.

2 Corinthians was written around 57AD from Macedonia or Northern Greece, and very much follows from I Corinthians: some of those targeted by St Paul's previous letter seem to have responded by attacking his authority; this is his response to them.  The result is a defense of St Paul's mission, and a dissertation on the apostolic mission.

Theologically it is important in responding to the ever-present  problem of dissent in the Church.

The structure of the letter is fairly loose.  Chapters 1 to 7 review his relationship to the Corinthian Christian community, and defends his actions and conduct.  Chapters 8 and 9 solicit financial support for the church in Jerusalem.  And chapters 10 to 13 attacks his accusers.

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