Redeeming the Desolate Woman: The Message of Isaiah 54 and 3 Nephi 22

Title

Redeeming the Desolate Woman: The Message of Isaiah 54 and 3 Nephi 22

Publication Type

Journal Article

Year of Publication

1998

Authors

Journal

Journal of Book of Mormon Studies

Pagination

40-47, 70-71

Volume

7

Issue

1

Terms of use

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Bibliographic Citation

Hallen, Cynthia L. "Redeeming the Desolate Woman: The Message of Isaiah 54 and 3 Nephi 22" In Journal of Book of Mormon Studies, Vol. 7. 1998:40-47, 70-71.

Abstract

Third Nephi 22 (quoting Isaiah 54) addresses a desolate woman who will be redeemed in the latter days. The desolate woman represents Zion, which itself signifies the city of Enoch in ancient times, the hill where the temple was built in Jerusalem, the celestial city of God, the kingdom of God on earth, and a covenant community of temple-worthy Saints. The Lord promises to relieve the desolation of Zion felt through barrenness, lack of a permanent home, and being forsaken and persecuted. The destiny of Zion parallels the pattern of Noah—both remain faithful to their covenants and witness a cleansing of the earth. The Savior serves as Zion’s husband. The servants of the Lord are equated with Zion—the Lord will not allow oppressors to be successful against Zion. The Lord promises to redeem Zion as he sings a song of redeeming love.

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