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After Reading 1 Peter

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The investigation, the 'reading,' has identified seven major fields of metamoral metaphors in 1Peter. Peter's readers are enjoined to live holy lives: 1) in view of immediate and ultimate consequences (Moral Accounting) and 2) legitimate moral authority (the Chain of Being); 3) in Christ, 4) in time, 5) in social-political reality, 6) in an extended family and economy, and 7) in the human body, bodily life. This chapter sketches the findings in each of the seven metamoral metaphor arenas and responds to those findings. To be 'read' by the text means that as the author reads Peter, input from the author's own experience and understanding is evoked, input that is inevitably blended with what the author pick up as one engage the text. Sometimes this reading and being read by the text prompts associations with current social-ethical issues and memories of the his own experiences.

Keywords: 1Peter; bodily life; Christian living; legitimate moral authority; metamoral metaphors; moral accounting; social-ethical issues; social-political reality



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