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This introduction chapter of the book, which confronts the tangle, our sense of entanglement and obstruction, between metaphor and thought, focusing on the part of the tangle that is about the role of metaphor in moral discourse. It uses cognitive metaphor study to analyze and untangle the tangle, to find the rhyme and reason between thought and metaphor and moral concepts. The aim is to see if cognitive metaphor analysis can help explain how modern readers make sense out of Scripture and are able to enter into a kind of moral discourse with it. The thesis is that conceptual metaphor, grounded in basic embodied human experience, makes possible a shared moral language and discourse between the New Testament writers and readers of the New Testament today. To test that claim, author uses conceptual metaphor tools in an analysis of 1Peter, reading it as an exemplar of Christian moral discourse.

Keywords: Christian; cognitive metaphor analysis; conceptual metaphor tools; moral concepts; New Testament; obstruction; tangle; thought



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