NOUVELLES DE JÉRUSALEM - Pâques 2017

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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.

continue reading this book, the

eschatological victory is at hand.

From the diachronic perspective it

is notable how the motif of light,

since it crosses so many different

cultures, makes it possible to

juxtapose texts belonging to

seemingly very distant traditions.

Is 2:5-21 is a poem glorifying a day

of royal victory and has parallels in

the Neo-Assyrian literature. It is

often the very presence of the glory

of the divine king that made the

enemies hide in the darkness. This

mythological Near-Eastern topos of

the victorious light is in Is 2 placed

together with an eschatological

vision and an ethical light.

It is up to the reader to interpret this

juxtaposition and draw the right

conclusions. There is a war going

on in which the light is victorious.

“Walking in the light of Yhwh,”

therefore, means participating in His

victory. Ethics and the study of the

word are put together with military

victory, in all its seriousness and

finality. The mythological motifs

are elevated into the eschatological,

apocalyptical, and universal

perspective.

myth, history, and eschatology.

Since the symbols are universal

they remain productive and are

a preferable point around which

to compose a unity from the texts

belonging to such distant times.

The symbol of light has the capacity

to make into one realities that could

otherwise seem quite distant, like

ethics and military victory. Last but

not least, because light means also

the word, it serves to create a selfreferencing

clue. This is the way in

which the Book of Isaiah speaks

about reading of the Book of Isaiah

itself! Its function is nothing less

than existentially involving the

reader. He will gradually discover

that this book is not about some

distant past or distant future.

Instead, exactly while he is reading

this very book, he is reading about

himself reading the book, about

himself participating in the light

and confronting the darkness. The

power of the symbol is not just in

the information it transmits, but in

the things it does to the person who

is exposed to it.

Fr. Lukasz Popko, o.p.

Lecturer

Connections

Light appears to be a means through

which the unity of the Book is

assured. It allows us to make

typological connections between

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