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Zion

(zī`ən) or

Sion

(sī`ən), section of JerusalemJerusalem
, Heb. Yerushalayim, Arab. Al Quds, city (1994 pop. 578,800), capital of Israel. East Jerusalem is also claimed by Palestinians as a future capital, and most nations have not formally recognized the city as the capital of Israel in the belief that its
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, 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 ZionismZionism,
modern political movement for reconstituting a Jewish national state in Palestine. Early Years

The rise of the Zionist movement in the late 19th cent.
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), and of heaven or God's dwelling-place with his people.

Zion

(zī`ən), city (1990 pop. 19,775), Lake co., extreme NE Ill., on Lake Michigan; inc. 1902. Largely residential, the city has some light industry. Zion was founded in 1901 by John Alexander DowieDowie, John Alexander
, 1847–1907, founder of the Christian Catholic Church, b. Scotland. He emigrated (1860) to Australia, where he was ordained as a Congregational minister.
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, the Scottish founder of the Christian Catholic Church. Until 1935 the city was a communal society with a theocratic government; the church remains an important force there. Of note are the huge Zion Hotel (1902), and Shiloh House (1902), the mansion built for the Dowie family. Illinois Beach State Park is nearby.
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Zion

 

a hill in Jerusalem where, according to a Biblical myth, the residence of King David and the temple of god (Yahweh) were located. Hence in Judaism the word “Zion” came to symbolize people “devoted to god.”

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Zion

, Sion
1. the hill on which the city of Jerusalem stands
2. Judaism
a. the ancient Israelites of the Bible
b. the modern Jewish nation
c. 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. 
a. a religious community or its site, regarded as chosen by God and under his special protection
b. an ideal theocratic community, esp any of the Christian Churches regarded as such a community
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At the same time, the fast-paced chase scenes, direct visitations by angels and humorous banter among the tough-minded fly-boys lend excitement to the long didactic messages in which Tsion Ben-Judah details the meaning of particular biblical verses, or the endless repetition of scenes in which yet another character recounts how he or she found Jesus.
In December 1892, Witte's archenemy, professor of medicine II'ia Faddeich Tsion--spelled Elie de Cyon in French, under which name he published--wrote to Konstantin Pobedonostsev: "If, God forbid, the truth about our fictitious budgets and the even more fictitious state question were to leak to the press, Russia's credit would sustain an irreparable blow." (64) In April 1893, Tsion published in Paris a brochure titled Les exploits de M.
Once again, he demonstrated this when Tsion mounted a vicious attack against Witte's financial policies and their effects on Russia's landowning class in a mordant pamphlet titled M.
A NORTH Wales company which has developed a handheld device to monitor tSION BARRY he blood-clotting status of patients taking the drug Warfarin has been boosted with a new pounds 2.5m oversubscribed fundraising round.
Long before I ever met him--and I did have that great pleasure when I visited Israel for the first time in the summer of 1993--he bought a very beautiful, delicate Magen David for me, fashioned of gold in his native Izmir, with a fine floral motif decorating its round, red-gold background plate and the word "Tsion," Zion in Hebrew, engraved in the middle of the star itself.
(21) Hila Tsion, "Israelis are in a Psychotic Frenzy--Buying More and More Apartments." Ynet, 14 May 2015 (Hebrew).