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Zion

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A Dictionary of the Bible What is This? Contains accessibly written entries for topics covering the religious, historical, and social aspects of the Bible.

    Zion

    (‘Sion’ in AV); used for Jerusalem (as 2 Sam. 5: 6–10) or for part of Jerusalem, such as the Temple mount (Ps. 2: 6; 48: 11), though the description (1 Kgs. 8: 1) of Solomon bringing the Ark to the Temple from Zion suggests they were once distinct areas, Zion being to the south. Zion came to be described in elaborate imagery in both Jewish and Christian worship. It is a sacred place (Ps. 48: 1–2) and a secure mountain that cannot be moved (Ps. 125: 1–2). It was thought to be unassailable (Mic. 3: 9–12), as Isaiah (10: 24) promised when the Assyrians approached. It was destroyed, but it will be restored (Isa. 51: 1–6). Zion becomes ‘the heavenly Jerusalem’ (Heb. 12: 22), the destiny of Christian pilgrims. In 1 Pet. (2: 6) there is a quotation from Isa. (28: 16) where it is said that God has placed a corner-stone in Zion. This is now applied, in the epistle, to Christ.

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