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Reprenant a frais nouveaux la question de la formation du livre de Job, J. Vermeylen en propose une analyse approfondie. Selon lui, a partir d'une vieille legende de l'epoque royale le livre a connu quatre editions successives, situees entre le Ve et le IIe siecle. Chacune d'elles developpe sa propre theologie et sa propre vision de la detresse de Job. Mais, contrairement a une lecture sapientiale et individualisante largement repandue, aucune ne cherche a mener une reflexion de type theologique ou philosophique sur le probleme du mal en general ou sur celui de la souffrance du juste innocent. Bien plutot, les redacteurs successifs du livre ont cherche a repondre a une situation socio-historique concrete d'une communaute en butte a l'opposition et cela a des fins de propagande: chaque fois, il s'agit de convaincre les lecteurs de se rallier a un nouveau regime politique et de montrer que Dieu, en lutte permanente contre les forces du chaos, ne veut pas la souffrance inutile de ses fideles.
The Wisdom of Ben Sira and the Wisdom of Solomon are included in the Septuagint, but not in the Hebrew Bible. For a long time, these books were little read and studied. Today, however, there is a growing interest in them, stimulated not only by the discovery of Hebrew manuscripts of Ben Sira but also by the awareness that both books provide a privileged witness to the judaism in the Hellenistic and Roman periods. Both books invite the reader to recognise that authentic wisdom consists in fear of the Lord and in loyality to the Torah. In addition to this common feature, both express different points of view in the debate in which the Jewish communities of Jerusalem (Wisdom of Ben Sira) and Alexandria (Wisdom of Solomon) were engaged in the face of the rise of Hellenistic culture. These books contain an essential key to the understanding of Judaism at the time and the beginning of Christianity. Professor Maurice Gilbert s.j. has devoted most of his scientific work, first, on the study of the Wisdom of Solomon and, later, on the Wisdom of Ben Sira. The present volume is dedicated to his honour on the occasion of his 65th birthday. It includes thirty-two studies by some of today's authorities on wisdom literature, and may be considered as a major contribution to the understanding of two important books of the Greek Bible.
From the people's demand for a king (1 Sam 8) to the rise of Solomon (1 Kings 1-2), the history of early Israeli monarchy is rich and complex. This text has long been considered a writing of exceptional literary quality, that expresses both the ideals and ambiguities of power. The present study concentrates on the redactional history of the text. In a first part, it follows the story pericope by pericope to try and disentangle his various threads, in a patient dialogue with current research. In the second part, the text's literary history is rebuilt from the most ancient writings, as early as David's and Solomon's reign, to the present narrative. This study allows to throw new light on the historical David and his time, but also on the composition of the Pentateuch. The book is written in French.
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