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I read on a layman's site about a theory that much of the "reconciliation" in 2nd Corinthians was actually Paul attempting to patch up his relationship with the Corinthian church after his recommendations were soundly rejected by them.

While this is interesting conjecture, I have thus-far been unable to document whether or not it is a theory held in Academia. Is there a theologian who supports this reading of the text?

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Welcome to BH.SE! It's exciting that you've started out by asking three great (and diverse) questions. Although it would be entirely tangential to the question, would you mind linking to the theory in question? –  Jon Ericson Jan 13 '12 at 19:58

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I have not found any commentators who directly mention that the Corinthians rejected Paul's recommendations or teaching, rather only that they rejected his style. Colin Kruse in the Tyndale NT Commentaries says:

In this central section of the letter Paul appeals to the Corinthians to be reconciled to God and open their hearts to their apostle. He clears the grounds for these appeals by first responding to criticisms of the style of his ministry (5:11-15), and then stating the theological basis upon which reconciliation rests (5:16-21).

And possibly the ESV Study Bible's notes by Scott J. Hafemann on 2 Corinthians 5:13:

This probably responds to Corinthian mockery of Paul as crazy;

The rejection or derision of Paul would likely include rejection of his recommendations, and so the necessity of responding to criticisms before making further recommendations to the church in Corinth.

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Welcome to Biblical Hermeneutics--Stack Exchange! 2nd Corinthians 5:11-21 do seem to have an undercurrent of Paul trying to be reconciled with the Corinthians. The verse where Paul implies people think he is crazy is: "For if we are beside ourselves, it is for God; if we are in our right mind, it is for you." (2 Corinthians 5:13 ESV) That's a helpful answer. –  Jon Ericson May 17 '12 at 15:39

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