2 Corinthians Bible Study Resources

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2 Corinthians Bible Study Resources

Study questions, maps, charts, key words, history, background, outlines, and links to help you study Paul’s second epistle to the Corinthians.

Jump to: Background; ** Maps; ** Key Words; ** Encyclopedias; ** Commentaries; ** Articles; ** GotQuestions ** Next **

2 Corinthians Basics

  • Author: The Apostle Paul, writing from Macedonia, approx 55-56 AD.
  • Who was Paul?
  • Occasion: To explain his change of travel plans and defend his authority as an apostle

2 Corinthians Structure

  • Chapters 1-7 – Paul explains his ministry in terms of the New Covenant
  • Chapters 8-9 – Paul asks them to contribute to relief fund for the church in Jerusalem
  • Chapters 10-13 – Paul responds to his accusers and defends his ministry

Genre: Understanding Epistles

Section 1: Background

Background & Outlines

How many letters did Paul write to Corinth

City of Corinth

Chronology of Paul

Paul’s use of the Old Testament

Blue Letter Bible: Chronology of Acts/Epistles

Blue Letter Bible: 2 Corinthians Outline

Bible Atlas: Corinth

Map of NT Greece

Map of Corinth from Middletown Bible Church

Ray C. Stedman: Overview of the Book

John MacArthr: Author, Date, Background

James van dine: Introduction to 2 Corinthians

David Malick: An Introduction To 2 Corinthians

David Malick: An Argument Of 2 Corinthians

J Vernon McGee: 2 Corinthians Introduction

Section 2: Maps



Paul’s Conversion and Early Ministry– Holman Bible Atlas

Paul’s 1st Journey – Bible-History.com

1st Missionary Journey of Paul– Holman Bible Atlas

Paul’s 2nd Journey – Bible-History.com

2nd Missionary Journey of Paul– Holman Bible Atlas

Paul’s 3rd Journey – Bible-History.com

3rd Missionary Journey of Paul– Holman Bible Atlas

Paul’s Journeys– Holman Bible Atlas

Paul’s Arrest and Imprisonment– Holman Bible Atlas

Paul’s Voyage to Rome– Holman Bible Atlas

Pentecost and the Jewish Diaspora– Holman Bible Atlas

Apostles’ Journeys – Bible-History.com


Israel in New Testament Times – Bible-History.com

New Testament Jerusalem – Bible-History.com

Herod the Great’s Kingdom – Bible-History.com

Herod’s Kingdom Divided – Bible-History.com

The Kingdom of Herod Agrippa I – Holman Bible Atlas

The Kingdom of Agrippa II– Holman Bible Atlas

Expansion of the Early Church in Palestine– Holman Bible Atlas

Section 3: Key Words

Key Words in 2 Corinthians

Occurrences are based on New American Standard Text. “4x/3v” means the word appears 4 times in 3 verses. “3x” means the word appears 3 times in 3 verses.

glory (21x/14v) – Strong’s G1392 in 3:10, 3:11, 3:18, 4:4, 4:6, 4:15, 6:8, 8:19, 8:23;  Strong’s G1391 in 3:10

boast (14x/11v) – Strong’s G2744 in 9:2, 10:8, 10:13, 10:16, 10:17, 11:16, 11:18, 11:30, 12:5, 12:6, 12:9; and boasting (3x) in 10:5 11:12, 12:1

boasting (6x) – Strong’s G2746a in 7:4, 7:14, 8:24,  11:10, 11:17;  Strong’s G2745 in 9:3;  confidence (1x)Strong’s G2746a in 1:12

grace (10x) – Strong’s G5485 in 1:2, 1:12, 4:15, 6:1, 8:1, 8:9 9:8, 9:14, 12:9, 13:14

confidence (9x) – Strong’s G4006 in 1:15,  3:4, 8:22, 10:2;  Strong’s G3982 in 2:3  Strong’s G3954 in 7:4;  Strong’s G2292 in 7:16; Strong’s G5287 in 9:4, 11:17

comfort (11X/9V)  – Strong’s G3874 in 1:3, 1:4, 1:5, 1:6, 1:7, 7:4, 7:7, 7:13;  Strong’s G3870 in 1:4, 2:7;  comforted (6x) – Strong’s G3870 in 1:4, 1:6, 7:6, 7:7, 13:11

sorrow (11x/8v) – Strong’s G3077 in 2:1, 2:3, 2:7, 7:10, Strong’s G3076 in 2:2 2:5. 7:8, 7:11; sorrowful (6x/4v) – Strong’s G3076 in 2:2, 2:4, 6:10, 7:9

afflicted (3x) – Strong’s G2346 in 1:6, 4:8, 7:5; affliction (8x/7v) – Strong’s G2347 in 1:4, 1:8, 2:4, 4:17, 7:4, 8:2, 8:13

suffer (2x) – Strong’s G3958 in 1:6, 7:9; sufferings (3x) – Strong’s G3804 in 1:5, 1:6, 1:7;

death (10x/9v) – Strong’s G2288 in 1:9, 1:10, 2:16, 3:7, 4:11, 4:12, 7:10, 11:23; Strong’s G2289 in 6:9

life (8x/7v) – Strong’s G2198 in 1:8, 2:16, 3:6, 4:10, 4:11, 4:12, 5:4

heart (8x) – Strong’s G2588 in 2:4, 3:15, 4:1, 4:16, 5:12, 6:11, 8:16, 9:7

Section 5: Commentaries

Commentaries & Study Bibles

Top 5 Commentaries on 2 Corinthians by Keith Mathison – Ligonier.org

Best Commentaries on 2 Corinthians – Tim Challies

Commentary Reviews: 2 Corinthians

Calvin’s Commentary on the Bible: 2 Corinthians

Albert Barnes Notes on the Whole Bible: 2 Corinthians

Alfords Exegetical Commentary: 2 Corinthians

Matthew Henry’s Complete Commentary on the Bible: 2 Corinthians

Geneva Study Bible: 2 Corinthians

Reformation Study Bible Notes: 2 Corinthians

Precept Austin Commentaries & Sermons: 2 Corinthians

Ligonier Ministry Devotionals

2 Corinthians 1:20 Our Amen to the Glory of God

2 Corinthians 3:7–18 Transformation into Glory

2 Corinthians 4:7–15 The Kingdom Paradox

2 Corinthians 5:17 Genuine Conversion

2 Corinthians 5:21 The Righteousness of God

2 Corinthians 9:6–15 Cheerful Giving

2 Corinthians 11:14–15 The Angel of Light

2 Corinthians 11:22–12:10 Paul the Preacher

2 Corinthians 12:1–10 Power in Weakness

2 Corinthians 13:14 Contradiction Vs. Paradox

Section 4: Encyclopedias

Dictionaries & Encyclopedias

City of Corinth

Corinth Map – Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Corinth – Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Corinth – Ancient History Encyclopedia

Bridgeway Bible Dictionary Corinth

Easton’s Bible Dictionary Corinth

Fausset Bible Dictionary Corinth

Holman Bible Dictionary Corinth

Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible Corinth

Watson’s Theological Dictionary Corinth

1911 Encyclopedia Britannica Isthmus of Corinth

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia Corinth

Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia Corinth

McClintock and Strong’s Bible Encyclopedia Corinth (2)  Divisions in the Church at Corinth Corinth

The Nuttall Encyclopedia Corinth

The Jewish Encyclopedia Corinth


Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary: Corinthians 1st & 2nd, Theology of 

McClintock and Strong: Corinthians, Second Epistle to

Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible: Corinthians, Second Epistle to

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Corinthians, Second Epistle

Kitto’s Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature: Corinthians, Epistles to

Epistles to the Corinthians – 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica


Baker’s Evangelical Dictionary: Paul the Apostle

Bridgeway Bible Dictionary: Paul

Easton’s Bible Dictionary: Paul

Fausset Bible Dictionary: Paul

Holman Bible Dictionary: Paul

Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible: Paul the Apostle

Kitto’s Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature: Paul

Morrish Bible Dictionary: Paul

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Paul, the Apostle

McClintock and Strong: Paul

The Nuttall Encyclopedia: Paul

The Jewish Encyclopedia:


Holman Bible Dictionary: Titus

Hastings’ Dictionary of the Bible: Titus

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia: Titus

McClintock and Strong: Titus

Kitto’s Popular Cyclopedia of Biblical Literature: Titus

Titus in 2 Corinthians: 2:13; 7:6; 7:13-14; 8:6; 8:16; 8:23; 12:18

Titus in rest of New Testament: Galatians 2:1-3; 2 Timothy 4:10; Titus 1:4

Section 7: Got Questions


Treat like any commentary: read thoughtfully and carefully.

Book of 2 Corinthians – Bible Survey

What are the Pauline epistles?

What can we learn from the life of Paul?

What is the seal of the Holy Spirit?

What is the meaning of “from glory to glory” in 2 Corinthians 3:18?

What does the Bible say about transformation?

How is Satan god of this world?

Why does God allow deception?

What is Spiritual Blindness?

 What does the Bible say about despair?

What does it mean that we have treasures in jars of clay?

 What is the inner man?

What is glorification?

What does it mean to be absent from the body?

What does the Bible say about death?

 What is Christian reconciliation? Why do we need to be reconciled with God?

What does it mean to be an ambassador for Christ?

What does it mean to walk by faith not by sight?

What does it mean that a Christian is a new creation?

 What is righteousness?

What does it mean that today is the day of salvation?

 What does it mean to be unequally yoked?

What is biblical separation?

Is it good to have close friendships with unbelievers?

What is godly sorrow?

What Can We Learn from the life of Titus?

What does the Bible say about sowing and reaping?

How can I become a more cheerful giver?

 Why is giving so emphasized in the Christian faith?

Spiritual strongholds – what is the biblical view?”

 Do we need to be aware of the spiritual battle that is taking place around us?

What does it mean to take every thought captive?

Who are the super-apostles Paul mentions?

What does it mean that Satan masquerades as an angel of light?

 How can I recognize a false teacher / false prophet?

What does the Bible say about an out of body experience / astral projection?

Are there different levels of Heaven? Are there three heavens?

 What does the Bible say about near death experiences?

What was Paul’s thorn in the flesh?

What is the key to truly experiencing God?

 If our salvation is eternally secure, why does the Bible warn so strongly against apostasy?

 What are some of the signs of genuine saving faith?

What exactly is a ‘holy kiss’?

What does the Bible teach about the Trinity?

Section 8: Next

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