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The polyvalence of α͗φίημι and the two cognitive frames of forgiveness in the synoptic gospels
Stockholm School of Theology, Department of Theology. University College Stockholm, Stockholm School of Theology.
2015 (English)In: Novum Testamentum, ISSN 0048-1009, E-ISSN 1568-5365, Vol. 57, no 2, p. 136-158Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Depending on whether God or a human is the forgiving agent in the Synoptic Gospels (and beyond), the verb valence of ἀφίημι, “forgive,” differs in several ways. The present article argues that the differences are reflections in linguistic conventions of the cognition that only God can remove the substance of sin, while both God and humans can remit the moral debt of sin. Construction grammar, a linguistic theory which assumes that syntax and semantics are inseparable, is used in the analysis. Theological implications are discussed.

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2015. Vol. 57, no 2, p. 136-158
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Forgive, verb valence, construction grammar, cognition of forgiveness
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
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URN: urn:nbn:se:ths:diva-420DOI: 10.1163/15685365-12341489OAI: oai:DiVA.org:ths-420DiVA, id: diva2:1357439
Available from: 2019-10-03 Created: 2019-10-03 Last updated: 2019-10-09Bibliographically approved

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