James Scott explores 2 Corinthians, shedding light on the personal aspect of Paul's problems at Corinth. Emphasizing the two major motifs of the merkabah (heavenly throne-chariot) and Korah's rebellion, Scott suggests that Paul saw his embattled situation as parallel to that of Moses during the rebellion. Includes a brief introduction and references.
"Don't be fooled by its size! Scott's commentary is to the point, clearly written, and filled with provocative proposals for reading this complex letter. From the centrality of Paul's self-understanding and the unity of the letter to merkabah mysticism, Korah's rebellion, and the Jewish concept of the nations, Scott's reading rightly reminds us of just how Jewish the Apostle to the Gentiles was and of how much we must know his mileu to understand his message! Here is an insightful introduction to both the influences and intent of 2 Corinthians."
ÂScott J. Hafemann, Wheaton College