Top Commentaries on 2 Corinthians

Bible commentaries on the New Testament book of 2 Corinthians are listed below. 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 Bible, 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.)



Best Reviewed Bible 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.” See more about the New Testament Library commentary series.



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.” See more about the International Critical Bible Commentary series.



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.” See more about the Anchor Bible Commentary series.



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 Expository 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.



2 Corinthians (Understanding the Bible Commentary Series) by James M. Scott


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

Purpose: From the publisher: “Each volume in the Understanding the Bible Commentary Series breaks down the barriers between the ancient and modern worlds so that the power and meaning of the biblical texts become transparent to contemporary readers. They present a careful section-by-section exposition of the biblical books with key terms and phrases highlighted and all Hebrew transliterated. Notes at the close of each chapter provide additional textual and technical comments for those who want to dig deeper.” See more about the Understanding the Bible commentary series.



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.” See more about the Bible Speaks Today commentary series.



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.”



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.”



1 and 2 Corinthians (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Revised Edition) by W. H. Mare and Murray J. Harris


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

Purpose: From the publisher: “Written primarily by expositors for expositors…its stance is that of a scholarly evangelicalism committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible…the chief principle followed in this commentary is the grammatico-historical – namely, that the primary aim of the exegete is to make clear the meaning of the text at the time and in the circumstances of its writing.” See more about the Revised Expositor’s Bible Commentary series.



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.” See more about the Socio-Rhetorical commentary series.



Classic Christian Commentaries



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.”



1-2 Corinthians (Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture) edited by Gerald L. Bray


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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 ACCS is a post-critical revival of the early commentary tradition known as the glossa ordinaria, a text artfully elaborated with ancient and authoritative reflections and insights. The vast array of writings from the church fathers—including much that is available only in the ancient languages—have been combed for their comment on Scripture. From these results, scholars with a deep knowledge of the fathers and a heart for the church have hand selected material for each volume, shaping, annotating, and introducing it to today’s readers. Each portion of commentary has been chosen for its salient insight, its rhetorical power, and its faithful representation of the consensual exegesis of the early church.”



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