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Why does the Bible describe cities as women and mothers?

2014-05-16

For almost everyone a city is just the place where one lives and works. But for centuries, poets have described cities as mothers who look after their children and even weep for them.

As an expert on the Old Testament, Nuria Calduch-Benages explains when this trend started and how it influenced the prophets of the Bible.  She says that describing the city as a mother is not as abstract as it seems.

NURIA CALDUCH-BENAGES
Pontifical Gregorian University 
"A careful reading of these biblical texts can maybe help us understand this relationship. At the very least maybe it can help us foster a relationship between our way of life and the cities we live in.” 


A Biblical example of a so called 'mother city' is Jerusalem. It's a pilgrimage and worshiping site for the three monotheist religions of the world. That's part of what makes the Pope's trip to the Holy Land so important. 

NURIA CALDUCH-BENAGES
Pontifical Gregorian University 
"In the Holy Land we find a Biblical connection everywhere. For us Christians and for people of faith, this is very moving. It's our Mother Land. Speaking in terms of faith, it's our land. It's everyone's Land.”


Throughout the month of May, a number of talks on the Bible, will take place just steps away from the Vatican. Titled 'The Bible to the World,' it's sponsored by the Green Scholar Initiative and it's meat to trigger an understanding about the roots of the Bible and its modern day relevance.


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