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Mother Zion in Deutero-Isaiah

A Metaphor for Zion Theology

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Maggie Low

Mother Zion in Deutero-Isaiah: A Metaphor for Zion Theology offers the unique perspective that personified mother Zion in Deutero-Isaiah is not just a metaphor used for a rhetorical purpose but a cognitive metaphor representing Zion theology, a central theme in the Book of Isaiah. The author deftly combines the methods of metaphor theory and intertextuality to explain the vital but often overlooked conundrum that Zion in Deutero-Isaiah is an innocent mother, unlike the adulterous wife in other prophetic books. This interpretation offers a vital corrective to the view of women in the biblical context. As a result of this usage, Deutero-Isaiah paradoxically presents Yahweh the Creator as the one who gives birth to the people, not mother Zion. This understanding explains the concentration of gynomorphic imagery used for God in this prophetic book, providing a counterbalance to patriarchal perspectives of God. Finally, a fresh insight is offered into the ongoing debate between universalism and nationalism in Deutero-Isaiah, based on the premise that as a symbol of Zion theology, mother Zion represents Yahweh’s universal sovereignty rather than a nationalistic ethnicity. Mother Zion in Deutero-Isaiah is an invaluable resource in courses that deal with issues in Isaiah, biblical interpretation, and feminist hermeneutics, especially regarding the feminine personification of Zion and the maternal imagery of God.

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AB Anchor Bible ABD Anchor Bible Dictionary. Edited by D. N. Freedman. 6 vols. New York, 1992. AnBib Analecta Biblica ANET Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament. Edited by J. B. Pritchard. 3rd ed. Princeton, 1969. ATD Das Alte Testament Deutsch BDB Brown, F., S. R. Driver, and C. A. Briggs. A Hebrew and English Lexicon of the Old Testament. Oxford, 1907. BHS Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia. Edited by K. Elliger and W. Rudolph. Stuttgart, 1983. Bib Biblica BibOr Biblica et orientalia BibThBul Biblical Theology Bulletin Bijdr Bijdragen BJRL Bulletin of the John Rylands Library BZAW Beihefte zur Zeitschrift für die alttestamentliche Wissenschaft CBQ Catholic Biblical Quarterly CBSC The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges CC Continental Commentaries CTA Corpus des tablettes en cunéiforms alphabétiques découvertes à Ras Shamra-Ugarit de 1829 à1939. Edited by A. Herdner. Mission de Ras Shamra 10. Paris, 1963. DI Deutero-Isaiah Enc Encounter HBT Horizons in Biblical Theology HCOT Historical Commentary on the Old Testament HTR Harvard Theological Review HUCA Hebrew Union College Annual x IB Interpreter’s Bible. Edited by G. A. Buttrick et al. 12 vols. New York, 1951-1957. IBC Interpretation: A Bible Commentary for Teaching and Preaching. ICC International Critical Commentary Int Interpretation JBL Journal of Biblical Literature JQR Jewish Quarterly Review JPS Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha JSOT Journal for the Study of the Old Testament JSOTSup Journal for the Study of the Old Testament: Supplement Series JTS Journal of Theological Studies LXX The Septuagint MT...

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