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In this conclusion chapter of the book, the Bible is one of those areas where the traditions that we have received, and that we carefully cultivated, easily acquires a sacred character. Rational demythisation must realize, together with the inevitable symbolism, by legitimate simplifications sometimes equivalent to transmythisations. More puzzling that the reduction "to the smallest share" of "event" history would rather discover variations, contrasts and even contradictions in biblical thought. The author could add it, with the witches of Bethlehem, the spiritual presents of the East that Jesus has received with those of the shepherds, the "poor people of Israel ", to turn to good account. In this perspective, all the varieties of biblical thought, and, by the same, of human thought, presenting the more vital and more "religious", find its unity in Jesus, the Christ. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: Bethlehem; biblical thought; human thought; Jesus Christ; transmythisation



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