Now in its second revised edition, this is the first authoritative book to focus on trees, forests and wood in the Bible including how they were used and sometimes abused. Trees, too, abound in the imagery and symbolism, and the pictures and parables of scripture.
What might Noah's Ark have been made of? Why was so much cedar imported by King Solomon for the temple, and what would have been so special? Where do frankincense and myrrh come from? What do we know about the wood of the cross of Christ or the ancient olive trees in Gethsemane? These and many other questions are addressed.
Richly illustrated with colour photographs and original artwork. The book is written as a commentary with a compendium providing additional details.
Peoples Book Prize
This book was nominated for the Peoples Book Prize.
About the Author
Professor Julian Evans OBE FICFor was formerly professor of forestry at Imperial College, prior to which he was the Forestry Commission's Chief Research Officer (South) at the Alice Holt Research Station near Farnham. He has written or was a principal editor of some 16 books on forestry & tree-related subjects. He is currently President of Britain's professional forestry body, the Institute of Chartered Foresters, & Chair of the Forestry Commission's Expert Committee on Forest Science.
Julian served as a non-executive director of Tear Fund for 16 years & is an elder in the leadership team of his church in Hampshire. Julian is married with 3 sons and has 3 granddaughters. In 1997 he was appointed OBE for 'Services to forestry and the third world'.
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This is a thoroughly enjoyable book, written as a commentary about trees, forests and wood in the Bible. It takes the reader through God's Word and highlights each mention of the subject as it appears. There is a compendium of trees and shrubs referred to in the Bible, and an index of scriptural references. The book has photographs and original art work throughout, clearly presented and accessible to all. It would be particularly relevant to those interested in horticulture or natural history and as a resource in family Bible study. The author has written with obvious passion for both his profession and his Lord, explaining to those unfamiliar with a rural or pastoral lifestyle the biblical metaphors, analogies and allegories used in Scripture. He highlights tantalising facts and images conveyed through the lens of focusing on trees and forests and their uses - actual and symbolic. It is often thought-provoking, sometimes challenging and is particularly helpful in explaining some of the imagery used in the writings of the prophets. Always on the look-out for practical information to confirm the relevance of God's Word to today's life and times, this book has lots of ideas to pursue, examples to follow (or avoid), and little nuggets of general knowledge that will generally help to maintain interest in and build confidence in Scripture.
Evangelicals Now - October 2014 - Clare King, member of South Parade Baptist Church, Leeds