Friday, 4 December 2015
Unity and Diversity in Christ: Interpreting Paul in Context: Collected Essays,
Willian S. Campbell, Cascade Books, 2013, page 3-4
How was Paul to understand and pass on the message of the gospel? Campbell addresses this by pointing out that:
If Paul had not already possessed an adequate framework of understanding, acquired specifically as a result of his Jewish faith, he would have had no way of comprehending the meaning of Christ or what response this required of him.
New knowledge or information must have a means of being understood, of being combined with something already know, being linked to existing hooks if it is to have any meaning. Campbell explains:
For the meaningful integration of something new with what is already within one's grasp, there has to be the possibility to relate what is new to previous experience and to prior existing categories and paradigms.