By V. G. Shillington
2 Corinthians; is the 10th quantity to seem during this sequence. Shillington has immersed himself within the examine of Paul and of two Corinthians. This epistle is Paul's own testimony approximately his ministry of reconciliation and his ministry in protecting the reality of the gospel. V. George Shillington sees this letter as Paul's own testimony approximately his ministry of reconciliation one of the Corinthian Christians (chapters 1-9) and his ministry in protecting the reality of the gospel (chapters 10-13). The thread that ties the 2 components jointly is Paul's conviction on pastoral ministry below the banner of Christ. Paul insists that ministry is to be borne in ailment like that of Christ crucified. In elevating the crucified Messiah out of the previous production, God has inaugurated a brand new construction, within which believers already take part. the one boast allowed is within the Lord, no longer in one's personal achievements or increased reports.
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They are consoled. The paradox stands thus: redemptive consolation comes through suffering, not apart from it. This apparent contradiction will become a recurring refrain in the variations of speech that follow. The Text in Biblical Context Blessed be God echoes the prayer liturgy of the Jewish synagogue service that Paul knew well. The Eighteen Benedictions of daily prayer resound this blessing, the roots of which go deep into the OT understanding of the Lord who delivers and consoles the people (Exod.
The in-house character of Paul's arguments in 2 Corinthians helps explain why scholarly opinion differs so widely on the puzzling issues in this letter. Modern readers are outsiders to the primary reading circle at Corinth, and to Paul's opponents there. Present-day experience in the local church is not the same as life in the first-century local church. Paul, on the other hand, was not an outsider to his Corinthian converts nor to those depicted as his adversaries. He and they had knowledge in common that readers today do not have.
Whatever his formal education in the art of rhetorical address, Paul's argumentation in 2 Corinthians is marked by forms of writing intended to affect the Corinthian audience. He wanted to redirect their thinking from its present course. Among the many elements of ancient rhetoric, a few stand out in Page 15 2 Corinthians, especially in the second main part, chapters 10-13. Paul uses irony, sarcasm, and parody to defuse his opponents' criticisms of him among the Corinthians, and to win back the confidence of his friends at Corinth.
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