Commentaries on 2 Corinthians

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Order of Contents

The Best Commentaries  6
Commentaries  15
Early Church
Medieval Church  1
Chapters in 2 Cor.

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The Best Commentaries on 2 Corinthians

Reformer

Calvin, John – Commentary on 2 Corinthians

*** – Spurgeon

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1600’s

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)  Buy  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.

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Intermediate

1800’s

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.

Hodge, Charles – An Exposition of 2 Corinthians  Buy  1862  Reformed, Princeton

***  “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

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1900’s

Hughes, Philip E. – Paul’s Second Epistle to the Corinthians  Buy  1962  in The New International Commentary on the New Testament

“May well be regarded as the finest conservative exposition of this epistle!” – Cyril J. Barber

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Commentaries on 2 Corinthians

Simple, Brief & Devotional

Hughes, Philip E. – ‘1 Corinthians’ in The Biblical Expositor: The Living Theme of the Great Book with General and Introductory Essays and Exposition, 3 vols.  Buy  ed. Carl Henry  1960

This little known commentary set by leading evangelicals (many of which were reformed) is brief (think airplane view) but helpful.

Morgan, G. Campbell – The Corinthian Letters of Paul: an Exposition of 1 & 2 Corinthians  Buy  1947  179 pp.

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

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Intermediate

1800’s

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 and Reflections on 2 Corinthians  1866

**  “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

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1900’s

Plummer, Alfred – The Second Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians  1903  220 pp.  in The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

“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

Morgan, G. Campbell – The Corinthian Letters of Paul: an Exposition of 1 & 2 Corinthians  Buy  1947  179 pp.

Morgan was the predecessor of Martyn Lloyd Jones at Westminster Chapel, London.

Tasker, R.V.G. – The Second Epistle to the Corinthians  Buy  1960  in Tyndale New Testament Commentaries

“A very brief treatment.” – Cyril J. Barber

Bruce, F.F. – 1 & 2 Corinthians  Buy  1971  256 pp.  in The New Century Bible Commentary

“A brief, perceptive study.“ – Cyril J. Barber

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Advanced

1800’s

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

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1900’s

Robertson, Archibald & Alfred Plummer – A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Second Epistle of St. Paul to the Corinthians  1911  520 pp.  in The International Critical Commentary

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

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The Early Church on 2 Corinthians

Compilation

ed. Bray, Gerald & Thomas Oden – Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture: 1 & 2 Corinthians  Buy

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Individual Fathers

Ambrosiaster – Commentaries on Romans and 1 & 2 Corinthians  Buy

Chrysostom – Homilies on 1 &2 Corinthians

**  ‘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

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The Medieval Church

Aquinas, Thomas – Commentary on 2 Corinthians  The title at the top of the page says ‘1 Corinthians’ but the commentary is on 2 Corinthians.

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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.”

Spurgeon

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2 Corinthians 1

Puritans

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

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2 Corinthians 4

 Sibbes, Richard – Exposition of 2 Cor. 4  d. 1635  180 pp.  in Works, 4:307-488

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2 Corinthians 5

1500’s

Rollock, Robert – 5 Sermons on 2 Cor. 5:1-18  d. 1599

Bird, Samuel – Lectures upon the 8th and 9th chapters of 2 Corinthians  ToC  1598

Bird’s (d. 1604) theological persuasion is unknown.

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1600’s

Manton, Thomas – 40 Sermons on 2 Cor. 5  d. 1677

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Related Pages

Whole Bible Commentaries

Old Testament Commentaries

New Testament Commentaries