Segmenting II Corinthians

Class Discussion

  1. What problems did you find in identifying pronouns?
  2. Did you have any difficulties in determining synonyms or antonyms?

Finding the Main Topics

Many times, trying to read something in one large sitting causes you to miss the details. A part of any letter is the flow of topics. In a conversation, we don’t discuss everything at once. We start with one topic, which leads us to another. Within each topic, we focus on the details before moving to the next topic. By finding the series of topics being discussed, we can begin to outline the book and have a concept of the context in which various ideas are presented.

Class Discussion

  1. How would I identify topics? (Concentration of keywords, introductory statements, use of the word “now”)
  2. Going through the book, where are the shifts in topics?
  3. What appears to be the major blocks of discussion?
  4. Are some topics nested in larger ones?

Notice the Flow

As topics shift, you may notice a flow between succeeding sections. A concept raised while discussing one topic serves as the introduction to the next topic where the concept is explained in greater detail. Eventually, Paul then returns to his initial topic or moves on to a new topic. Paul often introduces an idea and then weaves the thought in the sections that follow.

In II Corinthians there appears to be an overall flow of the major sections from the past to the present to the future.

Dividing II Corinthians Into Topics

  1. Read through II Corinthians a fourth time. Using a pencil, mark in the margins where you see the topics changing. Make a notation as to what the new topic is.
  2. Using the topics you identified, make a rough outline of II Corinthians.
Print Friendly, PDF & Email