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The Allegory of the Olive Tree: The Olive, the Bible, and Jacob 5

TitleThe Allegory of the Olive Tree: The Olive, the Bible, and Jacob 5
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1994
Series EditorRicks, Stephen D., and John W. Welch
Number of Pages624
PublisherDeseret Book Company/Foundation for Ancient Research and Mormon Studies
CitySalt Lake City/Provo, UT
KeywordsAllegory; Allegory of the Olive Tree; Jacob (Son of Lehi); Olive Culture; Zenos (Prophet)

In the Book of Mormon, the allegory of the olive tree—written by a prophet named Zenos and later quoted by the prophet Jacob to his people—stands out as a unique literary creation worthy of close analysis and greater appreciation. Besides its exceptional length and exquisite detail, this text conveys important teachings, deep emotion, and wisdom related to God’s tender devotion and aspirations for the house of Israel on earth.

In The Allegory of the Olive Tree, 20 scholars shed light on the meaning, themes, and rhetorical aspects of the allegory, as well as on its historical, cultural, and religious backgrounds. In so doing, they offer answers to questions about the significance of olive tree symbolism in the ancient Near East, who Zenos was, the meaning of the allegory, what it teaches about the relationship between God and his people, how it might relate to other ancient texts, the accuracy of the horticultural and botanical details in the text, and much more.


Table of Contents

21 Chapters

Truman G. Madsen | pp. 1-10
M. Catherine Thomas | pp. 11-20
Noel B. Reynolds | pp. 21-49
Grant Underwood | pp. 50-69
Paul Y. Hoskisson | pp. 70-103
John W. Welch | pp. 174-184
John Franklin Hall | pp. 248-261
David Rolph Seely, John W. Welch | pp. 322-346
John A. Tvedtnes | pp. 373-426
John A. Tvedtnes | pp. 427-459
John A. Tvedtnes | pp. 477-483
Wilford M. Hess, Daniel J. Fairbanks, John W. Welch, Jonathan K. Driggs | pp. 484-561
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