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What are three meanings for the term "hope of Israel" in scriptural and contemporary Church usage?

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As used in the scriptures, "hope of Israel" refers to Israel's Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. (See Jer. 14:8; 17:13; and Acts 28:20.)

The phrase also calls to mind the expected fulfillment of divine promises made to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and their posterity. (See Acts 26:6-8.)

In the third sense, "hope of Israel" refers to the youth of Zion, as in Hymn 259, who are to "rise in might" and wield the sword of "truth and right" above hosts marshaled in "ranks of sin."

Source: John M. Madsen, "Hope of Israel," Encyclopedia of Mormonism 2:657.

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