The Tree of Life

From Eden to Eternity

No image of eternal life is more powerful or persistent than the tree of life. From the paradisiacal Garden of Eden to the apocalyptic New Jerusalem, the tree of life dominates the landscape, being mentioned explicitly thirty times in the scriptures and alluded to on many other occasions. From the temple to the cross, the tree of life invites all to come unto Christ, to become planted by rivers of living water, to bring forth and enjoy the fruits of God s love that are sweet above all else. This uplifting and beautifully-illustrated book contains original essays by leading LDS and other scholars including Donald W. Parry, Daniel C. Peterson, Andrew C. Skinner, John W. Welch, and Margaret Barker that focus on the symbol of the tree of life in the Bible, early Christianity, and the Book of Mormon, as well as in Southeast Asian, Islamic, and Mayan temples, cultures, and art.

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • The Cherubim, the Flaming Sword, the Path, and the Tree of Life
  • The Tree of Life in the Hebrew Bible and Later Jewish Thought
  • The Fragrant Tree
  • The Tree of Life in the New Testament and Christian Tradition
  • The Tree of Life in John's Gospel
  • "I Have Dreamed a Dream": Lehi's Archetypal Vision of the Tree of Life
  • The World Tree and Maya Theology
  • The Tree of Life in the Catholic Religious and Liturgical Imagination
  • The Qurʾanic Tree of Life
  • The Tree of Life in Asian Art, Religion, and Folklore: A Sampling of the Evidence
  • The Tree of Life: A Cross-Cultural Perspective in Mormon Art
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Citation Index
  • Subject Index
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Publication Information

  • Publication Date: 2011
  • ISBN 13: 9781609086749
  • Page Count: 296
  • Illustration(s): 87
  • Binding: hardcover
  • Price: $ 0
  • Imprint: Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship

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