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The message of salvation does not only stand central to virtually all the books of the New Testament, but also forms a foundation for the self-definition and identity of early Christians. Christianity did not exist in a vacuum, and therefore the Christian message of salvation was contextualized in language that was accessible to ordinary people. Imagery, metaphors and comparisons that these early Christians could understand and relate to became an important tool in the hands of the evangelists for explaining to these new converts what had happened to them when they ventured onto this new road with God. Language was and still is the carrier of the message of salvation, and it also affects salvation. This book deals with the nature and power of this salvific language. It emphasises on the different images and metaphors which were used to express the event and moment of salvation.

Keywords: early Christians; New Testament; salvation; salvific language



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