The Role of the Ruah YHWH in Creative Transformation:

  • View
    213

  • Download
    0

Embed Size (px)

Text of The Role of the Ruah YHWH in Creative Transformation:

Universit de Montral

The Role of the Ruah YHWH in Creative Transformation: A Process Theology Perspective Applied to Judges 14

par

Roger Bantea Alfani

Facult de thologie

Mmoire prsent la Facult des tudes suprieures et postdoctorales

en vue de lobtention du grade de Maitre arts (M.A.)

en thologie

option tudes bibliques

Novembre, 2009

Roger Bantea Alfani, 2009

ii

Universit de Montral

Facult des tudes suprieures et postdoctorales

Ce mmoire intitul:

The Role of the Ruah YHWH in Creative Transformation:

A Process Theology Perspective Applied to Judges 14

prsent par :

Roger Bantea Alfani

a t valu par un jury compos des personnes suivantes :

Pr. Alain Gignac, prsident-rapporteur

Pr. Robert David, directeur de recherche

Pr. Andr Myre, membre du jury

Rsum

La Ruah YHWH joue un rle important dans la transformation crative de lunivers

et des entits actuelles; cependant, une rflexion concernant les modalits de ce rle reste

dvelopper. La thologie processuelle offre une plateforme partir de laquelle sont

examines diverses facettes des rles que peut jouer la Ruah YHWH dans un monde o le

chaos semble dominer. Lobjectif de ce mmoire est justement dexplorer la Ruah YHWH

dans son rle de transformation crative au service, ultimement de lordre, de la paix et de

lharmonie dans le monde, les communauts, la vie des entits actuelles, etc.

Le Chapitre 1 passe en revue des notions cls de la thologie processuelle. Le

concept des entits actuelles est dabord dfini. Sont ensuite examines les diffrentes

phases du devenir dune entit actuelle. Finalement, les concepts de crativit et de

transformation, dans une perspective de la Ruah YHWH font lobjet dobservations

attentives avant daborder trois natures de Dieu, savoir primordiale, consquente, et

superjective. Le Chapitre 2 sintresse la pricope centrale de ce mmoire : Juges 13:24-

14:20. Le dcoupage de la structure de cette pricope est bas sur des critres de critique

textuelle et danalyse syntaxique. La premire analyse sattarde aux difficults que le texte

hbreu prsente, alors que la deuxime met laccent sur lorganisation structurelle des

propositions grammaticales des versets. Les deux analyses me permettent ensuite de

proposer une traduction du pricope. Le Chapitre 3 se veut une application de ce qui a t

labor au Chapitre 1 sur la pricope analyse au Chapitre 2. Ce troisime chapitre permet

de mettre en pratique une approche processuelle originale dveloppe par Robert David

dans son livre Dli_l CRITURE. Dans la foule des chapitres qui le prcdent, le

Chapitre 4 propose quelques principes hermneutiques contemporains pouvant clairer le

rle de la Ruah YHWH dans lavance crative du monde : vie, amour, et paix.

Mots-cls: Thologie processuelle, Esprit-Saint, Ruah YHWH, Juges 14, Samson, exgse, critique

textuelle, analyse syntaxique.

Abstract

The Ruah YHWH plays a key role in the creative transformation of both the

universe and actual entities; however, that role has still to be developed. Process theology,

of which I shall endeavour to define some important notions in Chapter 1, offers a platform

I shall attempt to build upon in order to examine such an important role in a chaotic world.

The aim of this dissertation is to explore the Ruah YHWH in Her role of creative

transformation, which I argue to ultimately be that of bringing order, peace, and harmony in

the world, communities, the life of actual entities, etc.

Chapter 1 is an overview of some key notions of process theology: first, the concept

of actual entities is defined. Secondly, I examine the phases of concrescence in the

becoming of an actual entity. And finally, I look at the concepts of creativity and

transformation in the perspective of the Ruah YHWH prior to examining the three

natures of God, primordial, consequent, and superjective.

Chapter 2 defines the pericope of this dissertation: Judges 13:24-14:20. The

structure of the pericope is based upon the methods of textual criticism and syntactical

analysis. While the first examination deals with some difficulties the original Hebrew text

presents, the second deals with the structural organization of the verses grammatical

propositions. The two examinations allow me to propose a translation of the pericope.

Chapter 3 is an application of what was laid out in Chapter 1 on the pericope

established in Chapter 2. In the course of the third chapter, I employ an innovative

(original) processual approach developed by Robert David in his recent book Dli_

lCRITURE. Then, Chapter 4 proposes, out of the preceding chapters, some contemporary

hermeneutical principles which enlighten the role of the Ruah YHWH in the creative

transformation of the world: life, love, and peace.

Keywords: Process Theology, Holy Spirit, Ruah YHWH, Judges 14, Samson, Exegesis,

Textual Criticism, and Syntactical Analysis.

Table of Contents

TABLE OF CONTENTS ............................................................................................................................................... V

LIST OF ABBREVIATIONS ................................................................................................................................... VIII

LIST OF FIGURES ........................................................................................................................................................ X

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ........................................................................................................................................... XII

INTRODUCTION .......................................................................................................................................................... 1

CHAPTER I SOME BASICS OF PROCESS THEOLOGY AND PROCESS PNEUMATOLOGY .......................... 5

1. INTRODUCTION ....................................................................................................................................... 5 2. SOME BASICS OF PROCESS THEOLOGY ............................................................................................ 5 2.1. Actual Entities ........................................................................................................................................ 6 2.2. The Phases of Concrescence .................................................................................................................. 7 2.3. Principles of Creative Transformation ................................................................................................. 12 3. PROCESS PNEUMATOLOGY ............................................................................................................... 14 3.1. Whitehead and Other Process Thinkers Concepts of the Ruah YHWH .............................................. 14 3.1.1. The Natures of God .............................................................................................................................. 14 3.1.1.1. The Primordial Nature of God ........................................................................................................ 16 3.1.1.2. The Consequent Nature of God ...................................................................................................... 21 3.1.1.3. The Superjective Nature of God ..................................................................................................... 35 3.2. Creativity and the Ruah YHWH .......................................................................................................... 40 3.3. Understanding Propositions and Contrasts ........................................................................................... 44 3.3.1. Propositions ......................................................................................................................................... 44 3.3.2. Contrasts .............................................................................................................................................. 48 4. CONCLUSION ......................................................................................................................................... 50

CHAPTER II TEXTUAL CRITICISM AND SYNTACTICAL ANALYSIS OF JUDGES 13:24-14:20 .............. 51

1. INTRODUCTION ..................................................................................................................................... 51 2. CONTEXT OF JUDGES 13:24-14:20 ...................................................................................................... 52 3. TEXTUAL CRITICISM AND SYNTACTICAL ANALYSIS OF JUDGES 13:24-14:20 ....................... 54 3.1. The Birth of Samson and His Marital Issues (Judges 13:24-14:4) ....................................................... 54 3.1.1. Syntactical Commentary (13:24-14:4) ................................................................................................. 57 3.1.1.1. Journey to Timnath (vv. 5-9) .......................................................................................................... 60 3.1.1.2. Syntactical Commentary (vv. 5-9) .................................................................................................. 62

vi

3.1.2. Samson and the Philistines (vv. 10-20) .....................................