Abstracts numero 2007/4

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  • , - Lettres d’Europe (1932-1933). Extraits choisis, présentés et annotés par Martin Rott
  • Excerpts of some of Roland de Pury’s letters. Written from Bonn where he was studiyng theology, they display among other subjects the rise to power of Nazism in 1932-33. A selection presented and annotated by Martin Rott.

  • - La table de communion des réformés : emplacement, forme, signification théologique
  • In the wake of the Reformation, liturgical furnishings used for Communion changed significantly: the Lutherans kept only one altar whereas the Reformed Protestants abandoned altars for a simple table. Bernard Reymond reviews the main ways the latter envisioned the celebration of Communion and the types of tables used during the classical period (16th to 18th century). Then he examines the modifications of their location, form and theological significance from romanticism up to today, and concludes with a critical approach of the changes brought about by the « liturgical renewal » of the twentieth century.

  • - John Cobb, lecteur de Whitehead : la pluralité comme lieu théologique
  • According to John Cobb’s interpretation of Alfred North Whitehead’s metaphysics, pluralism is an ultimate fact that is altogether conditioned by God and determining God’s action. Raphaël Picon shows that this theological interpretation stands at the basis of Cobb’s identification of Christ as « God’s creative and transformative action in the world » and of his original conception of inter-religious encounters.

  • - Vivre ensemble. Quelques pistes bibliques de réflexion
  • « Living together » appears in various passages of the Hebrew Bible as both an end to pursue and a question of life and death. Focusing on Psalm 133, the stories of Abram and Ruth, as well as Exodus 20 and Leviticus 25, Elena Di Pede suggests that such passages reveal the shortcomings of our social life and open a path toward an alternative understanding of human relationships.

  • - Un « livre des quatre » précurseur des douze petits prophètes ?
  • Recent scholarship on the Twelve Minor Prophets has been largely concerned with the question of the redactional work underlying this corpus. The existence of such a work connecting the Twelve, and perhaps even smaller groupings within them, is generally acknowledged now; yet characterizing its very nature is not an easy task. Is it a question of limited interpolations or does it reflect a thorough editorial work? Starting from Rainer Albertz’s hypothesis of a previous « Book of Four » as a forerunner of the Twelve, Rachel Bornand makes obvious the difficulty in attributing a consistent literary project to a specific author.

  • - L’alternance des « tu » et des « vous » dans le Deutéronome. Deux points de vue sur le rapport des fils d’Israël à l’alliance
  • In a synchronical approach of the text based on the declaratory theory of the point of view, Alain Rabatel endeavours to explain the alternating « thou » and « ye » of God addressing his people in Deuteronomy. The « thou » establishes the Jews in the Covenant as the chosen people; the « ye » stresses the slackening of the privileged relationship between God and his people and echoes the vicissitudes of their history. He then infers two stances Ð first the Jewish way of being in the world and further, that of Christian believers Ð both in a ceaseless tension between grace and sin in their endless attempts to overcome the ordeals to which they are confronted.

Notules et Péricopes

  • - Il a entendu. YHWH. Étude structurelle du Psaume 6
  • The literary structure of Psalm 6 is not easy to grasp. Pierre Auffret proposes a new analysis. Refining his method, he starts with the smallest units, and then proceeds from the structure of two different parts (1-6 and 7-11) to that of the psalm as a whole.

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