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Although cognitive linguists work primarily with current language in use, a number of them have applied cognitive theory and methodology to the special tasks of reading and understanding older texts. This introduction chapter considers the significance for NT scholarship and ethics of certain cognitive linguists' views: that reading and writing are acts of human mind; that social, linguistic, and literary conventions and communities are connected; and that moral discourse is about much more than ethical persuasion or moral advice. It also borrows language and understandings about the roles of readers and authors, and the nature of the reading and interpretive process from literary scholars James Phelan and Peter Rabinowit. All of these issues and questions form author's pretext for reading 1Peter as moral discourse. Turning to the tasks of reading 1Peter, he examines the text, seeking what cognitive metaphor theory and methodology reveals and listening for questions this methodology raises.

Keywords: 1Peter; cognitive metaphor theory; ethics; James Phelan; moral discourse; NT scholarship; Peter Rabinowit

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