The book of Second Corinthians is the
second of two letters that are included in the New Testament
of the Bible that were written by Paul the apostle to the
church in Corinth. Paul wrote this letter from Ephesus
around a.d. 55. At the time, Corinth was a busy seaport in
Greece as described previously for 1 Corinthians.
This letter is a follow up to a
previous letter (possibly lost) in which Paul has been very
severe with the church in Corinth following an apparently
quite unpleasant visit there which Paul had viewed as being
unsuccessful. Paul has since learned from Titus that things
are improving in Corinth as a result of his visit and he
expresses his joy in this letter. He speaks of plans for a
subsequent visit, the Christian ministry, collections for
the poor, and opposition within the church.