in Tyndale New Testament Commentaries
Publisher InterVarsity Press
The Tyndale New Testament Commentaries (TNTC) have long been a trusted resource for Bible study. Written by some of the world's most distinguished evangelicals scholars, including F. F. Bruce, Leon Morris, N. T. Wright, and Donald Guthrie, these twenty volumes offer clear, reliable and relevant explanations of every book in the New Testament.Formerly distributed by Eerdmans Publishing Co., InterVarsity Press is pleased to begin offering this series as a compliment to the popular Tyndale Old Testament Commentaries (TOTC). Like the TOTCs, the TNTC volumes are designed to help readers understand what the Bible actually says and what it means. The aim throughout is to get at the true meaning of the Bible and to make its message plain to readers today.
2 Corinthians can be difficult in that it is largely a letter challenging an ancient church and presenting the credentials of the evangelist. Rarely have I been more aware that I am reading someone else's mail. Colin G. Kruse does a good job untangling questions of the timeline of the two letters to Corinth in the Bible and why the ending of 2 Corinthians seems in some ways to be tacked on. The commentary on the verses is competent but not particularly insightful or inspiring. This might be a commentary better suited to preparing a sermon on a difficult book rather than reading for personal growth.
I have not included any from the Tyndale series yet, but this slender volume by Kruse is worth reading. Kruse replaced the commentary by R.V. G. Tasker in the Tyndale series (1963), both are handy although exceptionally short compared to Harris. Kruse does a nice job dealing with the composition questions in just a few pages. His comments are on the English text although they reflect the Greek as much as possible. This is a excellent choice for the busy pastor who wants a brief overview of the main problems of a text for preparing a sermon. [Full Review]
For those who are simply interested in a solid introductory level commentary on 2 Corinthians, Colin Kruse's contribution to the Tyndale series is the best place to begin. As with the other Tyndale volumes, this one is clear, concise, and to the point, without being simplistic. [Full Review]