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Conclusion. Because You Bear This Name

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A survey of metaphors for morality in 1Peter produces plentiful evidence that the koine Greek of the NT employs many conceptual metaphors and frames familiar to those working on compiling lists of stock moral metaphors. In the biblical hermeneutics and Christian ethics fields, analogy historically has been called upon to finesse the blends between human, finite words and divine, transcendent Word. Cognitive linguistic insight into the status and function of analogical blending is potentially a major contribution to these fields. Deploying current cognitive linguistic analytical tools on 1st-century texts requires certain methodological refinements and adjustments. Cognitive approaches provide ways to discern links between fields of study that have been separated and whose interaction has been problematized. Cognitive approaches provide new ways to talk about how Scripture study and ethics are related, while preserving disciplinary integrity for each field of study.

Keywords: Christian ethics; cognitive linguistic; Greek; Peter



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