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The Best Commentaries on 2 Corinthians
Calvin, John – Commentary on 2 Corinthians
*** – Spurgeon
Dickson, David – An Expositon of all St. Paul’s Epistles together with an explanation of those other epistles of the apostles St. James, Peter, John & Jude, wherein the sense of every chapter and verse is analytically unfolded and the text enlightened (Romans-Jude) (1659)
Dickson was a prominent Scottish covenanter.
*** – ‘Dickson is a writer after our own heart. For preachers he is a great ally. There is nothing brilliant or profound; but everything is clear and well arranged, and the unction runs down like the oil from Aaron’s head. In this volume the observations are brief.’
Note that the Banner of Truth reprint contains Dickson’s commentary on less books than the original.
Brown, David – Commentary on 2 Corinthians in A Popular Commentary on the New Testament, ed. Philip Schaff
Brown was a professor of the Free Church of Scotland, known as the ‘Brown’ in Jamieson-Fausset-Brown’s Commentary on the Whole Bible.
*** “The more we use Hodge, the more we value him. This applies to all his commentaries.” – Spurgeon
“A doctrinal commentary of considerable merit.” – Cyril J. Barber
Lange’s Commentary – Commentary on 2 Corinthians by C.F. Kluig
*** – Spurgeon
“May well be regarded as the finest conservative exposition of this epistle!” – Cyril J. Barber
Commentaries on 2 Corinthians
Simple, Brief & Devotional
Hughes, Philip E. – ‘2 Corinthians’ in ed. Carl Henry, The Biblical Expositor: The Living Theme of the Great Book with General and Introductory Essays & Exposition 1 vol. ed. (1960; A.J. Holman, 1973), pp. 1,063-75
This little known commentary set by leading evangelicals (many of which were reformed) is brief (think airplane view) but helpful.
Morgan, known for his reformed, exegetical preaching, was the predecessor of Martyn Lloyd Jones at Westminster Chapel.
“A renowned pulpiteer addresses himself to the problems which plague the church. His statements are timely and show a mastery of the subject matter.” – Cyril J. Barber
Beet, Joseph Agar – A Commentary on St. Paul’s Epistles to the Corinthians 1895 565 pp.
Beet was a liberal.
“A careful study based upon the Greek text.” – Cyril J. Barber
Lothian, W. – Expository Lectures on 2 Corinthians 1828 The volume is inscribed to Thomas Chalmers of the Free Church of Scotland
Lothian was a Scottish Congregationalist minister at St. Andrews.
** “This work must have done good service in its day, as in some degree an antidote to Macknight; it is good and sound; but the student need not distress himself if he cannot procure it, for it is not indispensable.” – Spurgeon
Olshausen, Hermann – Biblical Commentary on 2 Corinthians (1851)
Olshausen was a liberal.
** “Dr. Lindsay Alexander says that this comment is highly esteemed for its happy combinations of grammatico-historical exegesis, with spiritual insight into the meaning of the sacred writers.” – Spurgeon
Pridham, Arthur – Notes & Reflections on the Second Epistle to the Corinthians (1866; London: James Nisbet, 1869) 375 pp. ToC
** “We do not always agree with Mr. Pridham, but we always admire the quiet, candid, and unaffected manner in which he writes.”
Robertson, Frederick W. – Expository Lectures on St. Paul’s Epistles to the Corinthians (1872)
** “Robertson’s doctrinal vagaries are well known; yet he is a great thinker and a prompter of thought in other men. Read with discretion.” – Spurgeon
“Devotional and practical studies by an outstanding Anglican preacher of the last century.” – Cyril J. Barber
Stanley, Arthur P. – The Epistles of St. Paul to the Corinthians, with Critical Notes and Dissertations 4th ed. 1882
Stanley was a liberal.
** “We do not advise the purchase of these volumes; for although Dean Stanley is an instructive writer, our perusal of his notes does not impress us with any sense either of their value or soundness.” – Spurgeon
Plummer, Alfred – The Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians in The Cambridge Bible for Schools & Colleges (1903) 220 pp. ToC
“One of the best commentaries on the Greek text. However, the writer’s approach to the introductory matters of this epistle is weak.” – Cyril J. Barber
Tasker, R.V.G. – The Second Epistle of Paul to the Corinthians: an Introduction & Commentary in Tyndale New Testament Commentaries (London: Tyndale Press, 1960) 190 pp. ToC
“A very brief treatment.” – Cyril J. Barber
“A brief, perceptive study.“ – Cyril J. Barber
Billroth, Gustav – A Commentary on the Second Epistle to the Corinthians (1836)
Billroth was a professor of philosophy in Halle, Germany. The work was translated by W. Lindsay Alexander, a Scottish Congregationalist, somewhat conservative but not altogether orthodox.
** “To be prized for its criticism. The author tries to bring forth from each passage the sense which the Apostle intended to convey. Observations and reflections there are none; but we are not among those who throw away ‘the dry bones of criticism’–bones are as needful as meat though not so nourishing.” – Spurgeon
Stanley, Arthur P. – The Epistles of St. Paul to the Corinthians, with Critical Notes and Dissertations (1882) 625 pp.
Stanley was a liberal.
“A scholarly, critical study with numerous digressions on the theme of the epistle, paraphrases of the text, and dissertations on thoughts which have arisen in the writer’s mind as a result of this study.” – Cyril J. Barber
Robertson, Archibald & Alfred Plummer – A Critical & Exegetical Commentary on the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians in The International Critical Commentary (1911) 520 pp.
The authors and the series were liberal.
“A monumental work which has earned for itself a deserved place on the Bible teacher’s bookshelf.” – Cyril J. Barber
Witherington III, Ben – 2 Corinthians in Conflict & Community in Corinth: a Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1 & 2 Corinthians (Eerdmans, 1995), pp. 325-476
Witherington III is an American Wesleyan-Arminian New Testament scholar, having written many books, and has been a professor of New Testament Interpretation at Asbury Theological Seminary, as well as a pastor in the United Methodist Church.
This commentary excells in in-depth historical info on the 1st century Corinthian setting.
The Early Church on 2 Corinthians
Ambrosiaster (fl. 366-384)
Questions & Answers on 2 Cor. 5 at Patristic Bible Commentary
Chrysostom (c. 347 – 407)
** ‘Enough of solid truth and brilliant utterance will be found here to justify this father’s title of ‘Golden Mouth’; but still all is not gold which fell from his lips, and to modern readers Chrysostom is not so instructive as he was to his own age [A.D. 349-407].’ – Spurgeon
Cyril (c. 376 – 444)
Theodoret of Cyrus – Commentary on The Letters of St Paul, vol. 1: Romans, 1-2 Corinthians Buy (Holy Cross Orthodox Press, 2007) 330 pp.
Theodoret (c. 393 – c. 458/466) was an influential theologian of the School of Antioch, biblical commentator and bishop of Cyrus.
The Medieval Church
Old Irish Gloss on 2 Corinthians at Patristic Bible Commentary
Aquinas, Thomas – Commentary on 2 Corinthians
Aquinas (1225 – 1274)
Chapters in the Corinthian Letters
“The writers on small portions of these Epistles are too numerous to be mentioned in our short Catalogue. Burgess, Branston, Thomas Fuller, Sibbes, Manton, Watson, and other masterly writers have all left a contribution to the expository stores of the Church of Christ.”
2 Corinthians 1
Burgess, Cornelius – An Expository Commentary, Doctrinal, Controversial and Practical upon 2 Corinthians 1 d. 1677 being 147 sermons
Sibbes, Richard – A Learned Commentary or Exposition upon 2 Corinthians 1 d. 1635
2 Corinthians 4
Sibbes, Richard – Exposition of 2 Cor. 4 d. 1635 180 pp. in Works, 4:307-488
2 Corinthians 5
Rollock, Robert – 5 Sermons on 2 Cor. 5:1-18 d. 1599
Manton, Thomas – 40 Sermons on 2 Cor. 5 d. 1677
2 Cor. 8-9
Bird, Samuel – Lectures upon the 8th & 9th Chapters of 2 Corinthians (1598)
Bird’s (d. 1604) theological persuasion is unknown.