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Keys to Second CorinthiansRevisiting the Major Issues$
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Jerome Murphy-O'Connor

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199592104

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592104.001.0001

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

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

(p.116) 8 Relating 2 Cor 6:14–7:1 to its Context
Keys to Second Corinthians

Jerome Murphy‐O'Connor

Oxford University Press

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

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