Professor Hering was Professor Emeritus of the University of Strasbourg, where for many years had been a famous Protestant New Testament scholar. His wide philosophical interests include ethics and phenomenology, and he was well known as a contributor to the Revue d'historie et de philosophie religieuse. His commentary on La second epitre de saint Paul aux Corinthiens appeared in 1958, and in 1959 the new edition of his Le royaume de Dieu et sa venue. But this work is the first to be translated into English, and a lifetime of New Testament study lies behind it.
At Professor Hering's request a new English translation of the text of the Epistle has been prepared, which embodies the conclusions reached in the critical notes of the commentary. The body of the commentary is intelligible to the general reader, and the footnotes, in which much rich scholarship is garnered, are richly rewarding to the scholar and student. Knowledge of Greek is not essential; Greek words are transliterated into English letters, and generally are at once translated.