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Acta Theologica

On-line version ISSN 2309-9089
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VAN RENSBURG, Fika J.. Ransomed by God into His household: Interpreting the ransom imagery in 1 Peter within the economic context of its author and addressees. Acta theol. [online]. 2013, vol.33, n.2, pp.255-275. ISSN 2309-9089.

1 Peter 1:18 states: "You know that you were ransomed ..." (NRSV). This article offers an interpretation of the ransom image in 1 Peter within the economic context of the author and addressees, taking into consideration the relevant structure of economics (the geography and demography of the areas identified in the address of 1 Peter) and relevant performance of economics (production, distribution and consumption) in the area where the addressees of 1 Peter lived. After the problem statement and methodological clarification (1), the economic-historic context of the addressees is constructed (2), and the epistolographic characteristics of 1 Peter is defined (3). Then the ransom-imagery in 1 Peter is analysed and the referents of this ransom-imagery determined (4). Finally the ransom metaphor in 1 Peter is interpreted within the economic-historic context of its addressees (5).

Keywords : 1 Peter; Ransom; Ancient economy; Metaphor.

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