Zion etymology

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Zion etymology

Postby Lee » Thu Nov 18, 2010 8:42 pm

Hi,

could anyone give some information on the original meaning of the word "Zion"?

thanks,

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Re: Zion etymology

Postby admin » Thu Feb 24, 2011 3:26 am

Lee wrote:could anyone give some information on the original meaning of the word "Zion"?



The first occurrence of the word Zion (i.e., tziyon: צִיּוֹן) in the Tanakh is in 2 Samuel: "Nevertheless David took the strong hold of Zion: the same is the city of David" (5:7), and therefore Zion is commonly thought to refer to a specific mountain near Jerusalem (Mount Zion), on which originally stood a Canaanite fortress.

Of course, if Zion is meant to refer to Jerusalem, then its history goes back to Malki-Tzedek (מַלְכִּי־צֶדֶק) and the city of Shalem, which predates the time of Abraham (and recalls the lineage of Noach's son Shem) as mentioned in the Book of Genesis (14:18-ff).
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