St. Paul On Language

Barbaric Language

In last night's bedtime reading, this passage sparked my interest:

  1. Corinthians 14:10-11 (KJV):
There are, it may be, so many kinds of voices (or "Language") [φωνων] in the world, and none of them is without signification. Therefore if I know not the meaning of the voice, I shall be unto him that speaketh a barbarian, and he that speaketh shall be a barbarian unto me.

Thought it's a bit of a stretch to apply this to the language of Music, I do think it does resonate with our discussion.

It seems that Paul is suggesting that every language has meaning (signification or significance). If, however, the language is foreign or unintelligible, communication is impossible.

Perhaps the rejection of traditional musical styles (which are often rejected as being too serious or difficult for the average listener) correlates to a lack of understanding/education on the part of the listener?

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