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Two ‘Analogical Imagination’ Approaches To Metaphor And Nt Ethics

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In the fields of biblical hermeneutics and Christian ethics we often speak of the 'problem of Scripture and ethics'. The problem is with the nature of Scripture, and the difficulties can be encapsulated in two words: distance and diversity. This chapter surveys the work of William Spohn and Richard Hays, two Christian scholars. In the course of this survey, an argument builds that while analogical imagination models are to be commended for giving attention to metaphor and analogy as well as for validating the usefulness of imaginative in theological ethics and biblical hermeneutics, they remain in thrall to an objectivist historicism and fail to deliver sufficiently clear and workable analytical methods. Theoretical and methodological distinctions between cognitive linguistic approaches to metaphor and these analogical imagination models are highlighted, and it is argued that the cognitive model has more to offer those working in the area of Scripture and NT ethics.

Keywords: analogical imagination; biblical hermeneutics; Christian ethics; cognitive linguistic approaches; metaphor; New Testament (NT) Ethics; Richard Hays; Scripture; William Spohn



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