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Metaphors in the Soteriology in 1 Peter: Identifying and Interpreting the Salvific Imageries

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There is a need for a systematic interpretation of soteriology in 1 Peter. This chapter endeavours to identify and interpret the salvific metaphors. Martin (1992) has done much work on the metaphors in 1 Peter. Soteriology is about the salvation, the point of transition from being lost to being saved. Soteriology is in this way delimited from morality, ecclesiology and Christology. The approach is to approximate a clear distinction between what interpreters later made of the soteriology in 1 Peter, and what the letter itself presents. Using the definition given of soteriology, and the observations about metaphor the text of 1 Peter can now be screened. This screening reveals three imageries of salvific metaphor, namely: the saved as family, with God as father; the saved as a flock of sheep having been returned to Christ as (chief) shepherd; and the saved as having been healed by Christ's wound.

Keywords: 1 Peter; salvation; salvific imageries; soteriology



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