Tree of Life

Today’s post will be a bit different than usual. I’ve been studying up on “trees of life” throughout the world, and I decided why not draw them and the characters surrounding them? If you have any problems seeing the photos I post, let me know so I can make any necessary changes.

And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Genesis 2:9

And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him. …

Revelation 22

The Hebrew Tree of Life is symbolic of both the Word and Jesus, the Messiah who would come down from a line of twelve tribes. He was also called the Word. Just to bedazzle you a bit more, you read about the Tree of Life in the Tree of Life. You hold the Tree of Life in your hand when you read the Bible and get a glimpse of God. As important as this tree is to all of humanity and our path to immorality, you’d think other cultures besides the Hebrews would’ve heard about it. Ah, you’d be very right.

Below is a set of my drawings on just some of the Trees of Life I’ve found in other cultures, just to make it easier to visualize. They are usually called the Tree of Life, but sometimes they go by other names like the World Tree. There are more similarities than differences between them.

Norse and Chinese
Hebrew and Hindu
Assyrian and Mayan
Egyptian and Native American. I should’ve drawn the White Pine tree with needles…
African and Celtic

I found this subject very interesting and will probably be continuing to study it. If you have any information you wish to share about it, let me know.

God bless!

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