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|Publication Type||Book Chapter|
|Year of Publication||2023|
|Authors||Shannon, Avram R.|
|Book Title||Old Testament Cultural Insights|
|Keywords||Bible; Jerusalem; Old Testament; Zion|
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In the Old Testament, Zion is a name both for the city of Jerusalem and poetically for the entire Holy Land. Zion specifically refers to one of the hills that Jerusalem is built on (see 2 Samuel 5:6–7). This hill is often called Mount Zion in the Old Testament. The place name Zion is often used in poetic parallelism with Jerusalem (see Isaiah 31:19). The name is also associated with the Jerusalem temple. Latter-day scripture has its own beautiful and specific understanding of the meaning of Zion, but it seems that this meaning was mostly unknown for much of Old Testament times.
2 Samuel 5:6–7
1 Kings 8:1
2 Kings 19:31
1 Chronicles 11:5
2 Chronicles 5:2
Micah 4:2, 7
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