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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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Genesis 4:18, 112 6:4, 113 8:13, 121 10:7, 164 10:8, 112 10:13, 112 10:15, 112 10:24, 112 10:26, 112 11:30, 139 12, 190 12:3, 176 15:3f, 176 15:7, 177 15:12, 152 16, 191 16:1, 113 16:15, 113 18:10, 128, 131 18:12, 119, 191 18:14, 128, 131 20, 190 21, 191 21:2, 113 21:8-14, 76 21:13, 76 21:20, 176 22:17, 176, 177 24:60, 176, 177 25:9, 76 25:21, 139 25:23, 136 25:24, 136 28:4, 176, 177 28:14, 176 29:31, 139 30:1, 113 30:23, 101 38:27, 131 39:27, 136 44:13, 133 49:21-23, 176 Exodus 1:12, 177 14:16, 167 14:21, 167 14:26f, 167 15, 45, 50 23:26, 139 26:17, 147 51:9-11, 90 52:1, 90 52:7, 90 52:11-12, 90 Numbers 5:11ff, 90 11:11-12, 112, 114, 147 11:12, 50, 115 13:32, 158 16:22, 106 32:13-15, 115 Deuteronomy 1:31, 133 2:12, 177 2:21, 177 4:38, 177 7:14, 139 7:17, 177 9:1, 177 11:23, 177 22:20-21, 85 24:1, 75, 76 24:1-4, 76 28:51-57, 115 32, 45 32:1, 146 32:6, 114 32:10-15, 114 32:18, 50, 114, 147 32:30, 75 32:40, 166 Joshua 22:20, 106 Judges...

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