It’s not a club site for fans of salty snacks, although apparently a previous owner of this web address intended to create such a site. It’s not a collection of clever cursings and coarse humor of sailors. That would be “salty speech”. What is it then? This website provides teaching videos from a Biblical perspective that exhibit the characteristics of salted speech. We also provide you the opportunity to interact with us about the videos we feature.
So what has that got to do with “salted speech”? That’s a good question. Saul of Tarsus was a leader among the early followers of Jesus, where he was known as the apostle Paul. He wrote a letter to the followers of Jesus who lived in the city of Colossae, which was located in Asia Minor, around A.D. 60. In that letter, he said “Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer each person.” (Colossians chapter 4, verse 6)
Bible scholars think that the phrase “seasoned with salt” has the following meanings:
- Salt makes food appealing to the palate, as noted in the Bible (Job chapter 6, verse 6). So, salted speech makes people want to listen to it in the same way salted food makes people want to eat it.
- The ancient Hebrew rabbis used salt as a figure of speech for wisdom, with the common saying, “the Torah is like salt”. Several early Christian scholars, like Origen, interpreted the phrase “seasoned with salt” in this way. So, salted speech contains wisdom: practical teaching that enables people to achieve meaningful success in life.
- In a world before refrigeration, salt was used to preserve food. So, salted speech nourishes people and doesn’t make a healthy person sick. (See Ephesians chapter 4, verse 29, for a similar saying from Paul which says this explicitly.)
- Among the ancient peoples around the Mediterranean, both Greek and Latin-speaking, salted speech meant “witty” or “winsome”. There are Latin quotations referring to the “salt” or “wit” of certain regions. So, salted speech doesn’t needlessly offend people, but instead attracts people with ideas which are carefully considered and artfully explained.
Our videos are suitable for both individual and group study. Each video has a study guide that goes with it. The study guides list the Bible verses which are referred to in the video, so that you can look them up for yourself. They also provide discussion questions that you can think about yourself, and use in a group discussion.
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