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Rooted in Paradise? The Meaning of the 'Tree of Life' in 1 Enoch 24–25 Reconsidered


Bachmann, Veronika (2009). Rooted in Paradise? The Meaning of the 'Tree of Life' in 1 Enoch 24–25 Reconsidered. Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, 19(2):83-107.

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This study explores the meaning of the marvellous tree depicted in chs. 24–25 of the Book of the Watchers. Scholars generally refer to this tree as the ‘tree of life’, mentioned in the paradise story in Genesis 2–3. However, such an interpretation leaves several questions unanswered. Although a few scholars seem to be aware of the problems, a serious reconsideration of the interpretation of the tree has not yet been undertaken. This article proposes linking the tree in chs. 24–25 with wisdom. Evidence for such a conclusion is drawn from the Book of the Watchers itself, but also from other early Jewish writings, including Proverbs and the book of Sirach.

This study explores the meaning of the marvellous tree depicted in chs. 24–25 of the Book of the Watchers. Scholars generally refer to this tree as the ‘tree of life’, mentioned in the paradise story in Genesis 2–3. However, such an interpretation leaves several questions unanswered. Although a few scholars seem to be aware of the problems, a serious reconsideration of the interpretation of the tree has not yet been undertaken. This article proposes linking the tree in chs. 24–25 with wisdom. Evidence for such a conclusion is drawn from the Book of the Watchers itself, but also from other early Jewish writings, including Proverbs and the book of Sirach.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Institute of Theology
Dewey Decimal Classification:230 Christianity & Christian theology
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:09 Feb 2010 12:38
Last Modified:14 Sep 2016 13:41
Publisher:Sheffield Academic Press
ISSN:0951-8207
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/0951820709354803
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-28776

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