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Living In Christ

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Chapter Summary

This chapter surveys one major metaphor system in 1Peter, behavior 'in Christ'. This metaphor cluster constitutes a certain kind of 'living space' wherein moral (or immoral) behavior is displayed and constrained. The aim is to show some of the ways conceptual metaphor and other mental space-blending functions shape the moral discourse of this epistle. The hope is that looking at these living-space metaphors generates nuanced answers to two questions: How are moral issues defined and addressed in this letter? How can modern, 21st-century Christians engage this early exemplar of Christian moral discourse? In pursuit of answers to those questions, the chapter discusses Peter's fundamental framing of 'good behavior in Christ'.

Keywords: 1Peter; Christ; conceptual metaphor; moral discourse



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