Back to Zion: Re-Imaged Symbols of the Prophetic Hope of Israel’s Restoration

(This paper is published here as a theological reference for the pastor, teacher, seminary student, scholar, and every thoughtful believer.)

The year was 587 B.C.E. The Babylonian armies came. The temple of Jerusalem was burned. The holy city was devastated. The Davidic house was ended. The political, religious, and social leaders were deported. The clans scattered. The Yahwistic tradition, as they knew it, was terminated. It was not merely a decisive break from the old ways. The old sacral symbols themselves disappeared. Judah found itself in a totally new situation. Yet in the midst of despair was the prophetic message of hope. . . .more

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