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Title: The Zion concept in the Psalms and Deutero-Isaiah
Author: Robinson, Alan
ISNI:       0000 0001 3527 0535
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1974
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Aims of the thesis: (a) To analyse the ways in which the Zion concept is used in the Psalter and in Deutero- Isaiah. (b) To compare and contrast the ways in which the concept is used. (c) To discover the sources used in relation to the concept in each set of texts. (d) To discover if there is evidence for the dependence of the one set of texts on the other in relation to this concept. Method: The Zion psalms and the Zion poems of Deutero- Isaiah are critically analysed. In the first part of the study Psalms xlvi, xlviii, lxxvi, lxxxiv, lxxxvii, cxxii, cxxxii and other shorter psalm passages are discussed. Similarly, in the second part, Isaiah xl 1 -11, xlix 14- L 3, li 1 -23, liv 1 -17 and other shorter passages are examined. The findings are summarized at the end of the discussion on each psalm or poem. At the end of the analysis of the Zion psalms the findings from the Psalter are summarized and discussed. A similar summary and discussion follows the section on Deutero- Isaiah. In the final section of the thesis the two sets of results are compared and conclusions are drawn. Main conclusions: (a) Similarities between the two sets of texts in respect of form, vocabulary and content are sufficiently marked to warrant the assumption that Deutero- Isaiah was probably familiar with the Zion psalms. (b) The main differences in the two presentations of the Zion concept are probably the result of the different historical backgrounds, especially related to the city of Jerusalem. The two main differences are: (1) The description of Zion in Deutero- Isaiah, although containing many of the same ingredients as that of the Psalms, is projected into the future. (2) The emphasis in the Psalms is on the city whereas in Deutero- Isaiah it is on Zion as a symbol of the community and as a symbol of the hope of restoration. This symbolism is frequently expressed in personifications of Zion as a woman, the wife of Yahweh and mother of the community. (c) The Zion psalms were produced for use in the cult but the Zion poems of Deutero- Isaiah, though borrowing liturgical forms, were produced as a prophecy. (d) Deutero- Isaiah was an original, creative artist who used the ingredients of a past Zion ideology, as well as prophetic and other ideas, to create a new, richer Zion ideology. (e) It is possible that Deutero- Isaiah was influenced by the presentations of the Zion concept in Isaiah i- xxxix, but the influence of the Zion psalms is more clearly marked.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Zion concept in Deutero-Isaiah