Zion


Zion

noun

  1. a hill in Jerusalem, on which the Temple was built (used to symbolize the city itself, especially as a religious or spiritual center).
  2. the Jewish people.
  3. Palestine as the Jewish homeland and symbol of Judaism.
  4. heaven as the final gathering place of true believers.
  5. a city in NE Illinois.

noun

  1. the hill on which the city of Jerusalem stands
  2. Judaism
    1. the ancient Israelites of the Bible
    2. the modern Jewish nation
    3. Israel as the national home of the Jewish people
  3. Christianity heaven regarded as the city of God and the final abode of his elect
  4. any form of social organization, way of life, or life after death regarded as an ultimate goal
    1. a religious community or its site, regarded as chosen by God and under his special protection
    2. an ideal theocratic community, esp any of the Christian Churches regarded as such a community

Old English Sion, from Greek Seon, from Hebrew Tsiyon, name of a Canaanite hill fortress in Jerusalem captured by David and called in the Bible “City of David.” It became the center of Jewish life and worship.

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