An Exegetical Study of the Zion Text in Isaiah 28:16
Author: Jaap Dekker
No other biblical book ascribes such a prominent place to the theme of ‘Zion’ as the book of Isaiah does. One of the most important statements regarding Zion is to be found in Isa. 28:16. The text speaks of the laying of a foundation stone in Zion and enjoys an important place in New Testament preaching since it is associated with the advent of Jesus Christ. The present study addresses the interpretation of Isa. 28:16 in its Old Testament context. Its significance lies in the fresh contribution it makes to our understanding of the Zion text in question and its importance for establishing the role played by Zion and the so-called Zion tradition in the preaching of Isaiah.
In: Sola Scriptura
In: Biblical Hebrew in Context
In: The Impact of Unit Delimitation on Exegesis
In: Torah and Tradition
In: Playing with Leviathan: Interpretation and Reception of Monsters from the Biblical World
Since ancient times Leviathan and other monsters from the biblical world symbolize the life-threatening powers in nature and history. They represent the dark aspects of human nature and political entities and reveal the supernatural dimensions of evil. Ancient texts and pictures regarding these monsters reflect an environment of polytheism and religious pluralism. Remarkably, however, the biblical writings and post-biblical traditions use these venerated symbols in portraying God as being sovereign over the entire universe, a theme that is also prominent in the reception of these texts in subsequent contexts.
This volume explores this tension and elucidates the theological and cultural meaning of ‘Leviathan’ by studying its ancient Near Eastern background and its attestation in biblical texts, early and rabbinic Judaism, Christian theology, Early Modern art, and film.
In: Playing with Leviathan: Interpretation and Reception of Monsters from the Biblical World
In: Playing with Leviathan: Interpretation and Reception of Monsters from the Biblical World