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Conceptual Blending And Early Christian Imagination

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The emergence of early Christianity during the first century C.E. is a truly remarkable phenomenon. An excellent Afterword in the 2003 publication of George Lakoff and Mark Johnson, Metaphors We Live By (2003) explains the relation of Conceptual Blending (Integration) Theory to conceptual metaphor theory. The first programmatic conceptual blending interpretation of a New Testament passage in a socio-rhetorical framework has now been completed and will be forthcoming soon as a published book. This chapter focuses on six rhetorolects: wisdom, prophetic, apocalyptic, pre-creation, miracle, and priestly rhetorolect. One of the challenges is to discover how these rhetorolects blend with one another. Perhaps certain blends of two, or perhaps three, rhetorolects create "emergent blend structures" that are especially generative in early Christian discourse. The chapter gives a preview of blending in early Christian miracle discourse. It analyses and discusses the nature of some of the blending in early Christian miracle rhetorolect.

Keywords: conceptual blending theory; early Christianity; New Testament passage; rhetorolects; wisdom



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