The Corinthian church consisted of both Jews and Greeks. To be even-handed Paul uses greetings drawn from both languages: grace and peace (Charis and Shalom).
The letter refers to an earlier letter that caused much grief (2 Corinthians 7:8), which has not survived. Therefore this is probably not the second letter that Paul wrote to the Corinthians.
Paul opens by starting to answer accusation concerning his ministry, but from 2:13 to 7:1 he discusses the fundamentals of ministry in general terms before returning to their specific complaints.
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