The Tree of Life: From Eden to Eternity

by John W. Welch , Donald W. Parry

9781609086749

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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 more than two dozen times in the Latter-day Saint scriptural canon and alluded to many other times therein. From the temple to the cross, the symbol of the tree of life invites all to come unto Christ, to become planted by rivers of living water, and to bring forth and enjoy the fruits of God's love that are sweet above all else. This highly informative and beautifully illustrated book contains original essays by leading Latter-day Saint scholars and scholars of other faiths—including Donald W. Parry, Daniel C. Peterson, Andrew C. Skinner, John W. Welch, and Margaret Barker—that focus on the tree of life symbol in the Bible, early Christianity, and the Book of Mormon, as well as in Southeast Asian, Islamic, and Maya temples, cultures, and art.

    Contents
    List of IllustrationsIntroduction
  1. The Cherubim, the Flaming Sword, the Path, and the Tree of Life
    Donald W. Parry
  2. The Tree of Life in the Hebrew Bible and Later Jewish Thought
    Andrew C. Skinner
  3. The Fragrant Tree
    Margaret Barker
  4. The Tree of Life in the New Testament and Christian Tradition
    John W. Welch
  5. The Tree of Life in John's Gospel
    C. Wilfred Griggs
  6. "I Have Dreamed a Dream": Lehi's Archetypal Vision of the Tree of Life
    Charles Swift
  7. The World Tree and Maya Theology
    Allen J. Christenson
  8. The Tree of Life in the Catholic Religious and Liturgical Imagination
    Jaime Lara
  9. The Qur'anic Tree of Life
    Daniel C. Peterson
  10. The Tree of Life in Asian Art, Religion, and Folklore: A Sampling of the Evidence
    John M. Lundquist
  11. The Tree of Life: A Cross-Cultural Perspective in Mormon Art
    Richard Oman
  12. Selected Bibliography
    Daniel B. McKinlay
  13. Citation Index
    Subject Index

About the Authors

John W. Welch

John W. Welch is the Robert K. Thomas Professor of Law at the J. Reuben Clark Law School, Brigham Young University, where he teaches various courses, including Perspectives on Jewish, Greek, and Roman Law in the New Testament. Since 1991 he has also served as the editor in chief of BYU Studies. He studied history and classical languages at Brigham Young University, Greek philosophy at Oxford, and law at Duke University. As a founder of the Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies, one of the editors for Macmillan's Encyclopedia of Mormonism, and codirector of the Masada and Dead Sea Scrolls exhibition at BYU, he has published widely on biblical, early Christian, and Latter-day Saint topics.

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Donald W. Parry

Donald W. Parry, a professor of the Hebrew Bible at Brigham Young University holds the Abraham O. Smoot Professorship. For nearly twenty years he has served as a member of the prestigious international team of translators of the Dead Sea Scrolls and is the author or coauthor of more than thirty books and numerous articles on the Bible and the Dead Sea Scrolls. He has coauthored with his brother, Jay A. Parry, several books for Latter-day Saints, including Understanding Isaiah, Understanding the Signs of the Times, and most recently, Symbols and Shadows: Unlocking a Deeper Understanding of the Atonement. Brother Parry, who has served in the Church as a bishop, a temple worker, and high councilor, is a popular speaker at BYU Education Week. He and his wife, Camille Parry, are the parents of six children.

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