Relating 2 Cor 6:14–7:1 to its Context

Jerome Murphy‐O'Connor

in Keys to Second Corinthians

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9780199592104
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595608 | DOI:
Relating 2 Cor 6:14–7:1 to its Context

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Any defence of the authenticity of 2 Cor 6:14‐7:1 must show that it fits perfectly into the articulation of Paul's thought in this portion of 2 Cor. The central thrust of 2 Cor 6 is contained in vv. 1‐2, 11, and 14ff. Paul's concern is the Corinthians' relation to the God who has so graciously acted on their behalf. This thematic is interrupted by two digressions (vv. 3‐10 and 12‐13 plus 7:2 ff.) in which the focus is on Paul himself, both stimulated by a sense of injury. When perceived in this way, the twists and turns of the argument are much less arbitrary than is often supposed.

Keywords: 2 Cor 6:14‐7:1; authenticity; digression

Chapter.  2424 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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