The Origin of Israelite Zion Theology

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List of Authors: Antti Laato
Place: London, New York, Oxford, New Delhi, Sydney
Publication year: 2018
Publisher: T&T Clark
Number in series: 661
Start page: i
End page: 336
ISBN: 978-0-5676-8002-0
eISBN: 978-0-5676-8003-7


In this examination of Zion theology and how it arises in the book of
Psalms Antti Laato's starting-point is that the Hebrew Bible is the
product of the exilic and postexilic times, which nonetheless contains
older traditions that have played a significant role in the development
of the text. Laato seeks out these older mythical traditions related to
Zion using a comparative methodology and looking at Biblical traditions
alongside Ugaritic texts and other ancient Near Eastern material. As
such Laato provides a historical background for Zion theology which he
can apply more broadly to the Psalms.

In addition, Laato argues
that Zion-related theology in the Psalms is closely related to two
events recounted in the Hebrew Bible. First, the architectural details
of the Temple of Solomon (1 Kings 6-7), which can be compared with older
mythical Zion-related traditions. Second, the religious traditions
related to the reigns of David and Solomon such as the Ark Narrative,
which ends with David's transfer of the Ark to Jerusalem (2 Sam 6). From
this Laato builds an argument for a possible setting in Jerusalem at
the time of David and Solomon for the Zion theology that emerges in the

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