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Cultural concepts explained
Both books are designed to give you a better understanding of the setting in which Paul wrote. 2 Corinthians, written by noted Greek scholar Dr. William Frederick Danker, provides you with important insights into the early church, as well as the problems it faced.
For example, what does 2 Corinthians 9:7 mean when Paul writes, “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver”?
Dr. Danker explains that this sentiment is not out of place in the world of Paul’s original hearers:
This inscription reveals the importance attached to recognition by communities for benefits conferred within their midst. Indeed, the biblical principle expressed by Paul in 2 Cor. 9:7, ‘God has affection for a cheerful donor,’ would have been well understood in the Greco-Roman world, where the principle ‘It is better to give than to receive’ prevailed in many circles. And, as Aristotle (Nicomachean Ethics 1120b) put it, ‘liberality is not judged in terms of the amount given but on the basis of the spirit with which it is given.’
However, the similarities should not create a problem for the reader. Danker goes on to explain:
Parallels are not to be viewed as sources for Paul’s thought, but they can illuminate the points at which people who were formerly outside Jewish-Christian traditions could find a foothold for grasping some of the things that were being independently expressed.
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