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Metamoral Metaphors: Moral Accounting Andauthority

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This chapter demonstrates how certain linguistic methods for locating and understanding conceptual metaphors can be used to enhance our understanding of the moral discourse of 1Peter. It focuses on the logic and language of one major set of moral schemes in 1Peter, Moral Accounting, and addresses certain questions: What evidence is there that a general Moral Accounting metaphor is used in 1Peter? Does 1Peter simply add to the data confirming the mappings linguistic analysts have devised, or does it entail alterations or variations on those mappings? It argues that Moral Accounting figures into the discourse of 1Peter in a number of ways, and that social cultural variation in experiences modify the ways accounting and finance source concepts bind with various target concepts to create metaphors for morality in this text. The chapter also considers the role of conceptual metaphor in the moral authority structure with which 1Peter works.

Keywords: 1Peter; authority; conceptual metaphors; linguistic methods; metamoral metaphors; moral accounting; moral discourse; social cultural



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