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Augustine J asked:

In the Bible i read about zion. What is zion? Is it Jerusalem , the temple area , all of Israel? What is the meaning of "out of zion"?

Shalom

AJ



AskTheRabbi.org answered:
Zion was originally a section of Jerusalem, defined in the Bible as the City of David. Originally the name referred to the Jebusite fortress conquered by David, on the southeastern hill of Jerusalem. Zion was later applied to the hill where the Temple stood, and in turn came to denote the Temple area itself. Zion is symbolic of Jerusalem, of the Promised Land, of Israel's hope of returning to Palestine (hence the term Zionism), and of heaven or God's dwelling-place with his people.

 
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