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2 The Question of the Integrity of 2 Corinthians

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A review of the various arguments about the integrity of canonical 2 Corinthians from the eighteenth century to the present constitutes the subject of chapter 2. To begin with, five important proposals are examined: 1) the claim for a Zwischenbesuch (“intermediate visit”), a Zwischenbrief (“intermediate letter”), and a Zwischenfall (“intermediate event”); 2) the suggestion that 2 Cor 6:14-7:1 is an interpolation; 3) the claim that chapters 10-13 represents an independent letter; 4) the proposal that chapters 8 and 9 should be separated from the rest of the canonical letter, and 5) the suggestion that 2 Cor 2:14-7:4 represents an independent letter. An evaluation of the current hypotheses about the division of 2 Corinthians follows. The chapter concludes with the determination that 2:14-7:4 (minus 6:14-7:1) was originally an independent letter and that it was one of the earliest letters contained in canonical 2 Corinthians.



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