Definitions for tree of life
This page provides all possible meanings and translations of the word tree of life
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
tree′ of life′(n.)
a tree in the Garden of Eden that yielded food giving everlasting life. Gen 2:9; 3:22.
a tree in the heavenly Jerusalem with leaves for the healing of the nations. Rev. 22:2.
Origin of tree of life:
Tree of life
The tree of life in the Book of Genesis is a tree planted by the Abrahamic God in midst of the Garden of Eden, whose fruit gives everlasting life, i.e. immortality. Together with the tree of life, God planted the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. According to some scholars, however, these are in fact two names for the same tree. In the biblical story, the serpent, who is regarded as Satan in Christianity but not in Judaism, tempted Eve into eating a fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Eve and Adam both ate the fruit, despite God's warning to Adam that "in the day that you eat from it you shall surely die". As a consequence of their transgression, the land, the Serpent, Adam, and Eve were each cursed by God. To prevent them access to the tree of life, God cast Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden: In the Book of Revelation, a Koine Greek phrase xylon zōës, ξύλον ζωής, is mentioned three times. This phrase, which is also used for the Genesis tree of life in the Ancient Greek translation of the Old Testament, literally means "wood of life". It is translated in nearly every English Bible version as "tree of life", see Revelation 2:7, 22:2, and 22:19.
Find a translation for the tree of life definition in other languages:
Select another language:
Discuss these tree of life definitions with the community:
Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:
"tree of life." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2014. Web. 13 Mar. 2014. <http://www.definitions.net/definition/tree of life>.