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Before Reading 1 Peter

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Before reading 1Peter as exemplar of moral discourse - it is necessary to set out some basic understandings about the nature of moral discourse and the reading process. Discourse is dynamic; it is an event or an activity more than it is an entity or an object. One of the central questions this chapter addresses is whether moral discourse can indeed happen as 21st-century readers encounter 1Peter. Author's specific interest here is in the use of language in particular social contexts, (1) within the epistle of 1Peter itself and in the social interaction between writer(s) and intended recipients of the letter, so far as these can be discerned; (2) between text and twenty-first-century readers in the US, especially the interactive and dialogic qualities thereof. Conceptual metaphor study is one set of tools discourse analysts can use to reveal and explain what a text evokes and how readers respond to the text.

Keywords: 1Peter; Conceptual metaphor; epistle; moral discourse; reading; social contexts; writer



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