22 Best 2 Corinthians Commentaries You Must Read First
June 14, 2017

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1) The Second Epistle to the Corinthians (The New International Commentary on the New Testament)

 

The New International Commentary on the New Testament provides an exposition of Scripture that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship, yet loyal to Scripture as the Word of God. It is an authoritative guide to the text of Scripture, bridging the cultural gap between today’s world and the world of the Bible. Contributors are gifted writers and scholars who open each commentary with an introduction to the biblical book. Other features are: a select bibliography, the author’s own translation from the original Hebrew and Greek texts, verse-by-verse comments, in-depth discussions of technical matters and more.  Paul Barnett writes the volume on Corinthians

 

2) 1 and 2 Corinthians (Geneva Series of Commentaries)

 

 

Scholar, educator, churchman, and distinguished American Presbyterian theologian Charles Hodge penned 1 and 2 Corinthians for the Geneva Series of Commentaries.  This is a lively study, easily accessible to the lay reader as well as the seminarian. His style of theological discourse continues to surpass many that are more contemporary.

 

3) II Corinthians (2003): A Commentary (New Testament Library)

 

 

The 15 volume New Testament Library Series offers  in-depth commentary on every book of the New Testament by many of today’s leading New Testament scholars.  In over 5,000 pages, this series explains the books of the New Testament and expounds upon themes such as Paul’s theology, ethics, and the church’s ministry in the world.  Frank Matera provides a commentary on II Corinthians that is an intimate study of the backgrounds and language of the text.

 

 

4) The Second Epistle to the Corinthians (The New International Greek Testament Commentary)

 

 

The 13 volume New International Greek Testament Commentary series was established on the presupposition that the theological character of the New Testament documents calls for exegesis that is sensitive to theological themes as well as to the details of the historical, linguistic, and textual context. Hence, authors make their own scholarly contributions to the ongoing study of the biblical text. The text on which these commentaries are based is the UBS Greek New Testament, edited by Kurt Aland and others.  Murray J. Harris pens The Second Epistle to the Corinthians.

5) 2 Corinthians (Tyndale New Testament Commentaries (IVP Numbered))

 

 

The premier shorter-length commentary series throughout the English-speaking world, the 20 volume Tyndale New Testament Commentaries are a trusted resource for Bible study. They are written by some of the world’s most distinguished evangelical scholars and offer clear, reliable and relevant explanations of every book in the New Testament. The introduction to each Tyndale volume gives a concise but thorough description of the authorship, date and historical background of the biblical book under consideration. Tyndale commentary itself examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. Additionally, it comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. Colin Kruse writes an insightful volume on Corinthians here.

 

6) Strength in Weakness: 2 Corinthians Simply Explained (Welwyn Commentary Series)

 

J Philip Arthur’s Strength in Weakness: 2 Corinthians Simply Explained provides a compelling portrait of the Apostle Paul.  The fifty plus titles in the Welwyn Commentaries are dedicated to the practical exposition and exhortation of Scripture and designed for pastoral ministry and preaching. They combine exegesis, hermeneutics, history, and pastoral insight to meet today’s needs of pastors as they grapple with the word of God.

7) The Message of 2 Corinthians (Bible Speaks Today)

 

 

This book is part of the Bible Speaks Today commentary series which embraces a three-prong approach to commentaries: expound the biblical text with accuracy, relate it to contemporary life and to readable. Each contributor in this series is both a noted scholar and a working pastor. Paul Barnett is the Corinthians commentator.

8) 2 Corinthians: The Glories and Responsibilities of Christian Service (Focus on the Bible)

 

 

The 41 volume Focus on the Bible Commentaries are written by top evangelical scholars and pastors. They are designed to be readable for ordinary Christians, reliable for in-depth study of the Bible, and relevant for daily Christian life. For each section of the Bible, these accessible commentaries summarize the passage of Scripture (including the intentions of the authors), the historical and cultural environment, and the questions and issues raised by a particular passage. 2 Corinthians: The Glories and Responsibilities of Christian Service is presented by Geoffrey Grogan (who is also the author of Mark: Good News For Jerusalem in the Focus on the Bible commentary series).

 

9) Epsc 2 Corinthians Volume 1 (Evangelical Press Study Commentary)

 

The Evangelical Press (Ep) Study Commentary is 22 volumes of the best in biblical exposition from some of the most notable evangelical Reformed scholars. This series is aimed at the minister, theologian, layman, and serious student. While comprehensive in scope, the volumes are practical and straightforward and each author presents a careful analysis of the biblical text. Epsc 2 Corinthians Volume 1 is presented by Peter Naylor.

 

10) 2 Corinthians: Power in Weakness (Preaching the Word)

 

 

Preaching the Word is a series recognized for its steadfast commitment to biblical authority, readability, and clear exposition of Scripture. It’s the perfect resource for pastors, teachers, and those seeking to enrich their personal Bible study. R. Kent Hughes, of College Church in Wheaton, Illinois, is the editor of the 45 book series and writes the 2 Corinthians volume.

 

11) The NIV Application Commentary: 2 Corinthians

 

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Scott Haffeman shares perspectives on 2 Corinthians that show ageless truths for our modern lives in this NIV Application Commentary. NIV Application Commentaries have three sections in each chapter: a textual analysis, a section bridging the ancient to the modern, and then modern applications. This top commentary is a must have for anyone who seriously wants to apply the Word of God to modern application.

 

12) Holman New Testament Commentary – 1 & 2 Corinthians

 

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Max Anders edits the Holman New Testament Commentary. This twelve volume set uses verse-by-verse commentary to explain biblical text based on conservative scholarship. The series is designed to enrich new and experienced Bible teachers and those who have passion for spreading the gospel. Each chapter begins with an introduction and ends with an overview of what was studied, a section on modern-day life applications and deeper discoveries, a teaching outline and discussion questions. Each commentary uses the New International Version and contains a glossary and bibliography.  Richard L. Jr. Pratt writes 1 & 2 Corinthians.

 

13) Word Biblical Commentary Vol. 40, 2 Corinthians (martin), 591pp

 

 

The Word Biblical Commentary delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars of our day. This series emphasizes a deep analysis of textual, linguistic, structural and theological evidence. Balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology is the end product. These widely acclaimed commentaries serve as exceptional resources for everyone from professional theologians to lay people interested in building theological understanding from a solid base of biblical scholarship.  Ralph P. Martin offers Vol. 40, 2 Corinthians.

 

14) 2 Corinthians: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture

 

 

 

David E. Garland writes 2 Corinthians: An Exegetical and Theological Exposition of Holy Scripture for the New American Commentary.  Highly regarded as a go-to for the minister or Bible student who wants to understand and expound their understanding of the Scriptures, this series is readable and scholarly simultaneously. Key features include: commentary based on the new international version, sound scholarly methodology that reflects research in the original languages, NIV text printed in the body of the commentary, interpretation emphasizing the theological unity of each book, and readable and applicable exposition.

 

15) 2 Corinthians (IVP New Testament Commentary Series)

 

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The 20 volume IVP New Testament Commentary Series offers clear, scholarly presentations of the heart of each New Testament author’s message, coupled with helpful attention to tough exegetical issues. The series diverse contributors represent a wide range of theological traditions. Overall, they are committed to applying the unchanging message of the New Testament to the ever-changing world in which we live. Features include: useful summaries of principal themes, a unique format that expounds the text in uninterrupted form on the upper portion of each page while dealing with other issues underneath in verse-keyed notes and a social studies note system that keys references to the bibliography. The 2 Corinthians volume is written by Linda L. Belleville.

 

16) 1-2 Corinthians (New Cambridge Bible Commentary)

 

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The New Cambridge Bible Commentary is a collection of exegetical volumes widely read and studied in the 1960s and 1970s.  It strives to elucidate the Hebrew and Christian scriptures for a wide audience. Commentaries are academically rigorous with the assumption the reader has a great deal of specialized theological knowledge or high command of Hebrew, Aramaic, or biblical Greek. This series showcases scholarly research over the last three decades and builds upon many of the advances in theory and theology produced in universities and seminaries during the last thirty years. Craig Keener analyzes 1 and 2 Corinthians.

 

17) Conflict and Community in Corinth: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians

 

 

Ben Witherington provides an unprecedented commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians in Conflict and Community in Corinth: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians.  Witherington utlizes an exegetical method informed by both sociological insight and rhetorical analysis. This book includes 21 black-and-white photos and illustrations.

 

18) New Testament Commentary: Exposition of the Second Epistle to the Corinthians

 

This book by Simon J. Kistemaker was written for Baker Academic in 1997. It’s part of the New Testament Commentary series which Hendriksen began. Since Hendriksen’s death in 1982, the series has been continued by Kistemaker. In 2001 the series was completed with the publication of Revelation.

 

19) The Second Epistle to the Corinthians (Black’s New Testament Commentary)

 

 

With 13 volumes and 10 authors, Black’s New Testament Commentary series is a reliable and readable study of the New Testament for modern readers. Each commentary offers a paragraph-by-paragraph exposition based on the author’s own fresh translation of the biblical text. Pastors, students, scholars, and general readers will find this series a crucial aid to a better understanding of the New Testament. The 2 Corinthians volume is written by  C. K. Barrett.

 

20) 2 Corinthians

 

 

The 43 volume New International Biblical Commentary series is written by world-class evangelical scholars. Whether you’re preparing a lesson or sermon or simply studying for your personal reasons, the New International Bible Commentary provides you with a study resource that combines convenience with depth and relevance. James Scott writes the insightful and easily readable volume on 2 Corinthians.

 

21) New Century Bible Commentary: 1 And 2 Corinthians (The New Century Bible Commentary Series)

 

 

The New Century Bible Commentary Series published this short (approx. 200 pages) but well written commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians in 1980.  This volume was penned by the late F. F. Bruce who was Rylands Professor of Biblical Criticism and Exegesis at the University of Manchester in England.

 

22) Calvins Commentaries (22 Volume Set)

 

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Calvin’s Commentaries are a 22 volume timeless set of texts by John Calvin – the French theologian and pastor of Geneva who was one of the principal 16th-century Reformers. Calvin’s commentaries display a unique combination of exegetical insight, pastoral concern, and theological depth which have inspired generations of Christians. This is a massive and classic collection on both Old and New Testament books with over 22,000 pages in total. Features include: advanced searching by passage and topic, passage guides and reports, sermon preparation and more.

 

 

 



 

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