Les Nouvelles de Jérusalem sont une revue d'informations de l'École biblique et archéologique française de Jérusalem, 2 à 3 fois par an, elles donnent un aperçu des travaux en cours en exégèse comme en archéologie, ici à Jérusalem. En voici le premier numéro couleurs en ligne. Les articles alternent français et anglais.

The Nouvelles de Jérusalem is an information review of the École Biblique et Archéologique française de Jérusalem, 2-3 times a year, they give an overview of the work in progress in both exegesis and archeology, here in Jerusalem. Here is the first color edition online. Articles are sometimes in French sometimes in English.

critical method itself that gradually

the more recent editorial stages

became the center of scholarly

attention. Indeed, to explain

these stages means to understand

what is most fundamental: what

is the central message, not of a

single passage, but of the whole

book? Synchronic approaches

are therefore not in opposition to

the historical method, but rather

resulted from the growth of the

method itself.

Quest for Unity

Anyone who has toiled trying to

grasp the unity of the book will

have experienced a great deal

of frustration. The shifts of the

speakers, themes, and literary

forms are abrupt and often quite

bewildering. The Book of Isaiah

is definitely not following a linear

way of thinking, nor developing

arguments in any straightforward

direction. The reader stands before

a thicket, or rather a forest, and

hesitates which path to choose.


Nevertheless, the book itself

proposes many paths. One may

begin mapping this land by

following any chosen theme (e.g.

kingship). If it appears often

enough, the reader will be able

to grasp the different contexts

(positive, negative) or different

subjects involved (God, human

king, Messiah?, the people).

Finally, if the theme is well chosen,

it will allow him to cross through

all the book, thus experiencing

something of this landscape and

approaching the main question:

why was it written? Or at least,

why is it written like that? What is

its message?

The choice of the right path

in this quest is crucial. The

choice of a single word is too

narrow and limiting. One needs

to refer to some reality that is

common, flexible and meaningful.

Preferable candidates seem to

be symbols sensu stricto; i.e.

universal and archetypal realities,

which through what is visible

connect to invisible realities. This

essential quality is particularly

useful in comprehending a work

that is both poetry and theology.

Since Isaiah invites us, “Come, let

us walk in the light!” (Is 2:5), let

us follow the light.


Studying the symbol of light in a

book means precisely dealing with

the linguistic expressions based

on this material reality. Nouns and

verbs associated with the sematic

field of light, as well as the

metaphors of light become the first

subject of the study, together with

the pericopes where they occur.


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