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KnoWhy #10 - What Fruit is White? (1 Nephi 8:11)
|KnoWhy #10 - What Fruit is White? (1 Nephi 8:11)
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|Book of Mormon Central Staff
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|Ancient Near East; Fruit; Tree of Life
Lehi's vision of the tree of life included the detail that the fruit of the tree was exquisitely white. One non-Mormon scholar, Margaret Barker, was surprised by this detail, as she knows of at least one other ancient text discovered after Joseph Smith's lifetime that includes this detail about the fruit of the tree of life. Thus, in addition to being a powerful symbol for that which is holy and celestial, the white fruit of the tree of life in Lehi's vision also finds parallel in ancient Judeo-Christian belief.
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