A Pragmatic Analysis of Social Justice in the New Testament


  • Safa Naji Abd, Riyadh Tariq Kadhim Al-Ameedi University of Babylon / College of Education for Human Sciences / Department of English/, Iraq


The New Testament, speech acts, deixis and implicature.


This paper attempts to analyze five texts of social justice in the New Testament from pragmatic point of view .It attempts to achieve the following aims: (1) Finding out the kinds of speech acts used in the selected texts. (2) Finding out the kinds of deixes used in social justice texts. (3)Showing how Grice maxims are flouted in such texts. A model of analysis is adopted to investigate the social justice texts of the New Testament as far as speech acts, deixis and floutings of cooperative maxims are concerned. The findings of analysis illustrate that the Prophet Jesus and his disciples in the New Testament use these pragmatic strategies to clarify the best ways that the inhabitants of society and their leaders should follow to create and sustain social justice with.