I am finishing up N.T. Wright’s The Challenge of Jesus. His work studying second-Temple Judaism and the Apostle Paul considers history helpful and informative when seeking to understand what is meant by such shorthand phrases as “Kingdom of God” and “Messiah.” Most of the time we infuse these familiar descriptors with our preconceived ideas about what that must have meant with little regard to how they would have been heard when spoken in the first century.
Here Todd Hunter suggests we need artists who do the same for us. An artists access to the world is different from those who follow more linear approaches. We often dismiss the artist as odd and out of touch in an eclectic sort of way. But, theirs is a way of seeing the world that completes and complements those whose rigor follows another path. What do you think?