A Metaphor for Zion Theology
More than ever the horizons in biblical literature are being expanded beyond that which is immediately imagined; important new methodological, theological, and hermeneutical directions are being explored, often resulting in significant contributions to the world of biblical scholarship. It is an exciting time for the academy as engagement in biblical studies continues to be heightened. This series seeks to make available to scholars and institutions, scholarship of a high order that will make a significant contribution to the ongoing biblical discourse. This series includes established and innovative directions, covering general and particular areas in biblical study. For every volume considered for this series, we explore the question as to whether the study will push the horizons of biblical scholarship. The answer must be yes for inclusion. In this volume, Maggie Low examines the figure of Zion in Deutero-Isaiah, noting that DI does not condemn Zion as the adulterous wife as has been the conventional way of viewing Zion, but rather asserts her innocence and blames the people. The author employs both Metaphor theory and Intertextual studies in analyzing how a metaphor is used in a rhetorical context and the manner in which textual allusions are employed. Employing what the author terms a “stereo vision,” this study pursues a development of Zion as a metaphor, placing Zion in Isaiah’s theological and rhetorical context. Zion theology as a large framework illuminates trajectories for DI’s use of Zion as a metaphor. Low argues that Zion is correlated with Zion theology in three ways:...
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