NIGTC: The Second Epistle to the Corinthians
By: Murray J. Harris
Category: Commentaries

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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.

About this Series

This commentary series is 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 work lies at the heart of these volumes, which contain detailed verse-by-verse commentary preceded by general comments on each section and subsection of the text.

An important aim of the NIGTC authors is to interact with the wealth of significant New Testament research published in recent articles and monographs. In this connection the authors make their own scholarly contributions to the ongoing study of the biblical text.

The text on which these commentaries are based on the UBS Greek New Testament, edited by Kurt Aland and others. While engaging the major questions of text and interpretation at a scholarly level, the authors keep in mind the needs of the beginning student of Greek as well as the pastor or layperson who may have studied the language at some time but does not now use it on a regular basis.

About the Author

Murrary J. Harris is professor emeritus of New Testament exegesis and theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. His numerous other books include Jesus as God: The New Testament Use of Theos in Reference to Jesus, Slave of Christ; A New Testament Metaphor for Total Devotion to Christ, and the Exegetical Guide to the Greek New Testament volume on Colossians and Philemon.


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.
The Bible Today
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.
Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society
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.
Review of Biblical Literature
A significant contribution to Pauline studies . . . extremely beneficial to all who seek to grapple with the epistles of Paul in their original language.
Expository Times
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.
David E. Garland
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.
Colin G. Kruse