From B. W. Johnson, The Christian International Lesson Commentary for 1893. St. Louis: Christian Publishing Company, 1893, frontispiece.
…most of the prior literature has ignored his [AC] understanding of the education of children in the Bible. This essay will begin to close that gap and suggest ways in which an understanding of Campbell would help strengthen children’s ministry in Churches of Christ today. The following sections will examine Campbell’s views on (1) the Bible and children, (2) childhood, (3) the nature of education, (4) its purposes; (5) and its methods and contexts. his work helps us get past the current practice of treating the Bible as a set of morality tales.
So ends her opening section. Kang-Hamilton lays out a thesis that Campbell’s notions on the education of children offers to the contemporary church a resource for (re)thinking children’s ministry and the teaching of the Bible to and for children. I’m already favorably impressed, as a researcher who sees many such gaps, as a teacher and a ministry leader in a congregational education ministry, and, not least of all, as a parent. I will over the next few days post short summaries and excerpt’s from each section of her article. Come back to see what she discovers from AC and what she makes of it for our situation.
Samjung Kang-Hamilton, “The Bible and the Education of Children: Lessons from Alexander Campbell” Restoration Quarterly 52:3 third Quarter 2010, 130-143. For more about RQ, click here.
I have in mind a series of reflections on commentaries in the Restoration Movement. This genre is only beginning to be explored, so I think a short series is in order. As I continue to look into it, consider three broad time frames:
–19th century: this list will be rather short
–20th century to 1950 or DSS (Dead Sea Scrolls, discovery of the scrolls brought new light to bear on biblical studies). Dividing the 20th century right down the middle at 1950 doesn’t necessarily entail that the post-1950 commentaries take into account the impact of the scrolls, but it is a handy dividing point.
–20th century 1950-to present
If you have comments or suggestions, please chime in.