In a penetrating analysis of Paul’s responses to the various crises within the Corinthian congregation, Ralph Martin gives new insight into the particular problems of Christianity as expressed in the hedonistic, cosmopolitan setting of Corinth. He shows how Paul’s attempt to redefine the gospel in terms that clearly distinguish it from Hellenistic Jewish Christian ideology results in a moving statement of the Christian message. Rather than the “theology of glory” prevalent at Corinth, Paul articulates his theology of the cross as a “theology of weakness,” of servant- hood and ministry. What was at stake at Corinth, says Martin, was “nothing less than the essence of the kerygma as expressed in the way of the cross.”
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This is the first edition of Ralph P. Martin’s beloved commentary on 2 Corinthians. For the most recent, updated edition, see Word Biblical Commentary, Volume 40: 2 Corinthians.
Ralph P. Martin was a New Testament professor at the University of Manchester and Fuller Theological Seminary. He is the author of Worship in the Early Church, Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching Ephesians, Colossians, & Philemon, and coedited Dictionary of Paul and His Letters.