Commentaries on 2 Corinthians

On this page you will find Bible commentaries on the New Testament book of 2 Corinthians. The commentaries listed first are those that have received the best reviews. You will also find options for commentaries on 2 Corinthians that help pastors, teachers, and readers with application of the text, commentaries that approach the Scripture verse-by-verse, classic Christian commentaries, and much more. See more about the scholars, pastors, ministries, and schools whose commentary reviews are being utilized.

Top Reviewed Commentaries on 2 Corinthians



The Second Epistle to the Corinthians (New International Commentary on the New Testament) by Paul Barnett


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Reviews and Accolades:

D.A. Carson: “a joy to read…extraordinarily rich on the historical and social circumstances that surround this complicated book”

Desiring God: #1 recommended commentary on 2 Corinthians

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a useful exposition of the letter”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a priority commentary on 2 Corinthians

Keith Mathison: #1 ranked commentary on 2 Corinthians; “Barnett deals not only with the basic exegetical issues but also discusses the theology of the letter,” “very highly recommended”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Written for scholars, pastors, and lay readers alike…undertaken to provide earnest students of the New Testament with an exposition that is thorough and abreast of modern scholarship and at the same time loyal to the Scriptures as the infallible Word of God.” See more about the New International Commentary on the New Testament series.



The Second Epistle to the Corinthians (New International Greek Testament Commentary) by Murray J. Harris


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Reviews and Accolades:

D. A. Carson: a “best buy” on 2 Corinthians; tied with Thrall for best commentary on the Greek text, “pastorally suggestive”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a priority commentary on 2 Corinthians

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a technical but excellent commentary on the Greek text”

Keith Mathison: #4 ranked commentary on 2 Corinthians; “for those doing serious in-depth study of the book, it is invaluable”

Best for: students, pastors, teachers, professors, and scholars with training in Hebrew who can follow a technical commentary

Purpose: From the publisher: “At a time when the study of Greek is curtailed in many schools of theology, we hope that the NIGTC will demonstrate the continuing value of studying the Greek New Testament… the volumes of the NIGTC are for students who want something less technical than a full-scale critical commentary… the supreme aim of this series is to serve those who are engaged in the ministry of the Word of God and thus glorify God’s name.” See more about the New International Greek Testament Commentary series.



2 Corinthians (New American Commentary) by David E. Garland


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Reviews and Accolades:

D. A. Carson: a “best buy” on 2 Corinthians, “one of the best in the series…less technical than Barrett but just as probing in the theological arena”

Craig Blomberg, etal: a priority commentary on 2 Corinthians

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “an excellent and lucid commentary on the text”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The New American Commentary is introduced to bridge the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. This new series has been designed primarily to enable pastors, teachers, and students to read the Bible with clarity and proclaim it with power.” See more about the New American Commentary series.



2 Corinthians (Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament) by George H. Guthrie


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Reviews and Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a priority commentary on 2 Corinthians

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the Publisher: “The chief concern of the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (BECNT) is to provide, within the framework of informed evangelical thought, commentaries that blend scholarly depth with readability, exegetical detail with sensitivity to the whole, and attention to critical problems with theological awareness. We hope thereby to attract the interest of a fairly wide audience, from the scholar who is looking for a thoughtful and independent examination of the text to the motivated lay Christian who craves a solid but accessible exposition.” See more about the Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament series.



2 Corinthians (Tyndale New Testament Commentary) by Colin G. Kruse


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Reviews and Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #5 ranked commentary on 2 Corinthians; “clear, concise, and to the point, without being simplistic”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: This series is “designed to help readers understand what the Bible actually says and what it means…[each commentary] examines the text section by section, drawing out its main themes. It also comments on individual verses and deals with problems of interpretation. The aim throughout is to get at the true meaning of the Bible and to make its message plain to readers today.” See more about the Tyndale New Testament Commentary series.



2 Corinthians (New International Version Application Commentary) by Scott J. Hafemann


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “exegetically and theologically satisfying with application to today”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the General Editor: The primary goal of the NIV Application Commentary Series is to help you with the difficult but vital task of bringing an ancient message into a modern context. The series not only focuses on application as a finished product but also helps you think through the process of moving from the original meaning of a passage to its contemporary significance. These are commentaries, not popular expositions. They are works of reference, not devotional literature.” See more about the NIV Application Commentary series.



2 Corinthians (Word Biblical Commentary) by Ralph P. Martin


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a technical but clear exposition of the letter”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “WBC series delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. It emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology.” See more about the Word Biblical Commentary series.



2 Corinthians (The New Testament Library) by Frank J. Matera


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Reviews and Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #3 ranked commentary on 2 Corinthians; “insightful on a number of passages”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The New Testament Library series offers authoritative commentary on every book and major aspect of the New Testament, providing fresh translations based on the best available ancient manuscripts, critical portrayals of the historical world in which the books were created, careful attention to their literary design, and a theologically perceptive exposition of the biblical text.”



2 Corinthians (The IVP New Testament Commentary) by Linda L. Belleville


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Reviews and Accolades:

Craig Blomberg, etal: a priority commentary on 2 Corinthians

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Each volume, informed by the best of up-to-date evangelical scholarship, presents passage-by-passage commentary based on the NIV along with background information on authorship, setting, theme and various interpretive issues… Preachers, teachers, students and other individuals who want to dig deep into the heart of the New Testament will find an indispensable companion in the IVP New Testament Commentary Series.” See more about the IVP New Testament Commentary series.



2 Corinthians (International Critical Commentary: A Critical and Exegetical Commentary) by Margaret Thrall


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “a technical commentary for research”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: The ICC series has “sought to bring together all the relevant aids to exegesis, linguistic and textual no less than archaeological, historical, literary and theological to help the reader understand the meaning of the books of the Old and New Testaments…no attempt has been made to secure a uniform theological or critical approach to the biblical text: contributors have been invited for their scholarly distinction, not for their adherence to any one school of thought.”



2 Corinthians (Crossway Classic Commentary) by Charles Hodge


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Reviews and Accolades:

Keith Mathison: #2 ranked commentary on 2 Corinthians; “Hodge’s work is filled with valuable insight into Paul’s letter,” “highly recommended”

Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “For hundreds of years Christendom has been blessed with Bible commentaries written by great men of God highly respected for their godly walk and their insight into spiritual truth. The Crossway Classic Commentaries present the very best work on individual Bible books, carefully adapted for maximum understanding and usefulness for today’s believers.”



2 Corinthians (The Anchor Yale Bible Commentaries) by Victor Paul Furnish


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “an insightful interpretation of the letter”

Best for: students, pastors, teachers, professors, and scholars with training in Hebrew who can follow a technical commentary

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Anchor Yale Bible Series, previously the Anchor Bible Series, is a renowned publishing program that for more than 50 years has produced books devoted to the latest scholarship on the Bible and biblical topics.” The series “vigorously pursues the goal of bringing to a wide audience the most important new ideas, the latest research findings, and the clearest possible analysis of the Bible.”



2 Corinthians (New International Commentary on the New Testament) by Philip E. Hughes


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Reviews and Accolades:

Tom Schreiner: recommended; “this older version of the NICNT is still helpful and insightful”

Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “For years, Crossway’s Preaching the Word commentary series has helped pastors, preachers, and anyone who teaches God’s Word to better interpret and apply the message of the Bible. Under the careful editorial oversight of experienced pastor and best-selling author R. Kent Hughes, this series is known for its commitment to biblical authority, its pastoral tone and focus, and its overall accessibility.”



More Commentaries with Application Help for Pastors



2 Corinthians (Teach the Text Commentary Series) by Moyer V. Hubbard


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: The Teach the Text series utilizes “the best of biblical scholarship” and provides “the information a pastor needs to communicate the text effectively. By keeping the discussion of each carefully selected preaching unit to six pages of focused commentary, the volumes in this series allow pastors to quickly grasp the big idea and key themes of each passage of Scripture. The text and its meaning are made clear, and sections dedicated to effectively teaching and illustrating the text help pastors prepare to preach.”



Second Corinthians (Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching) by Ernest Best


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “This series of commentaries offers an interpretation of the books of the Bible. It is designed to meet the need of students, teachers, ministers, and priests for a contemporary expository commentary. These volumes will not replace the historical critical commentary or homiletical aids to preaching. The purpose of this series is rather to provide a third kind of resource, a commentary which presents the integrated result of historical and theological work with the biblical text.”



2 Corinthians (For Everyone) by N.T. Wright


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “N.T. ‘Tom’ Wright has undertaken a tremendous task: to provide guides to all the books of the New Testament, and to include in them his own translation of the entire text. Each short passage is followed by a highly readable discussion, with background information, useful explanations and suggestions, and thoughts as to how the text can be relevant to our lives today. A glossary is included at the end of each volume.”



More Verse-by-Verse Commentaries



The Second Letter to the Corinthians (The Pillar New Testament Commentary) by Mark A. Seifrid


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Designed for serious pastors and teachers of the Bible, the Pillar commentaries seek above all to make clear the text of Scripture as we have it…[the authors’] ideal is a blend of rigorous exegesis and exposition, with an eye alert both to biblical theology and the contemporary relevance of the Bible.” See more about the Pillar New Testament Commentary series.



1 and 2 Corinthians: A Commentary for Bible Students (Wesleyan Bible Study Commentary) by Kenneth Schenck


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “WBC series delivers the best in biblical scholarship, from the leading scholars who share a commitment to Scripture as divine revelation. It emphasizes a thorough analysis of textual, linguistic, structural, and theological evidence. The result is judicious and balanced insight into the meanings of the text in the framework of biblical theology.”



The Message of 2 Corinthians (The Bible Speaks Today) by Paul Barnett


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: The “the three distinctives of The Bible Speaks Today series are (1) “BST authors are committed to a serious study of the text in its own integrity,” (2) that “expositors should not be antiquarians, living only in the remote past” but suggest application for living, and (3) “each book is intended to be both readable in style and manageable in size.”



1-2 Corinthians (The New Cambridge Bible Commentary) by Craig S. Keener


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The NCBC aims to elucidate the Hebrew and Christian scriptures for a wide range of intellectually curious individuals…[volumes] do not assume the reader has a great deal of specialized theological knowledge or an impressive command of the Hebrew, Aramaic, or biblical Greek… Utilizing recent gains in rhetorical criticism, social scientific study of the scriptures, narrative criticism and other developing disciplines, this series intends to provide a fresh look at biblical texts, taking advantage of the growing edges in Biblical Studies.”



Second Corinthians (Catholic Commentary on Sacred Scripture) by Thomas D. Stegman, SJ


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Supported by leading Catholic scholars as well as popular Bible teachers, the series offers a unique level of commentary for Catholic students of the Bible. Its attractive packaging and accessible writing style make it a series to own–and to read! Drawn from the best of contemporary scholarship, series volumes are keyed to the liturgical year and include an index of pastoral subjects.”



2 Corinthians (Abingdon New Testament Commentary) by Calvin J. Roetzel


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “The Abingdon New Testament Commentaries series offers compact, critical commentaries on the writings of the New Testament. These commentaries are written with special attention to the needs and interests of theology students, but they will also be useful for students in upper-level college or university settings, as well as for pastors and other church leaders.”



Historical and Cultural Bible Background Commentaries



1 and 2 Corinthians (Zondervan Illustrated Bible Background Commentary) by David W.J. Gill


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “The idea for this series was refined over time by an editorial board who listened to pastors and teachers express what they wanted to see in a commentary series based on the Greek text…We arrived at a design that includes seven components for the treatment of each biblical passage”: Literary Context, Main Idea, Translation and Graphical Layout, Structure, Exegetical Outline, Explanation of the Text, and Theology in Application.”



Conflict and Community in Corinth: A Socio-Rhetorical Commentary on 1 and 2 Corinthians by Ben Witherington III


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Best for: expository preachers, Bible college and seminary students, church elders and teachers, experienced Bible readers

Purpose: From the publisher: “Using sociorhetorical criticism, the New Testament is interpreted within the context of the world in which it was written and read—the rhetorical method makes use of ancient or classical writings and strategies of communication, while the social science method notes issues of cultures and customs.”



Classic Christian Commentaries for Bible Study



2 Corinthians (MacArthur New Testament Commentary) by John MacArthur


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “If you’re familiar with John MacArthur’s in-depth Bible teaching, you have an idea of what you’ll find in The MacArthur New Testament Commentary. The commentary takes you deep into each passage, verse by verse—sometimes word by word. It’s like having a Bible teacher sitting next to you as you study Scripture.”



1 and 2 Corinthians (Geneva Series of Commentaries) by Charles Hodge


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “His aim was to produce commentaries which learned and unlearned alike could consult with profit. Believing that he was dealing with the words of the Holy Spirit he endeavored to set out both what those words contain and the effects which their truth should have upon the conscience and life.”



Second Corinthians (Thru the Bible Commentary Series: The Epistles) by J. Vernon McGee


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Best for: individual study, devotional reading, Bible studies, adult Sunday school classes

Purpose: From the publisher: “Radio messages from J. Vernon McGee delighted and enthralled listeners for years with simple, straightforward language and clear understanding of the Scripture. Now enjoy his personable, yet scholarly, style in a 60-volume set of commentaries that takes you from Genesis to Revelation with new understanding and insight.”


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