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|Title||KnoWhy #13 - What does the Virgin Mary Have To Do With the Tree of Life? (1 Nephi 11:18)|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Corporate Authors||Book of Mormon Central Staff|
|Publisher||Book of Mormon Central|
|Place Published||Springville, UT|
|Keywords||Asherah; Nephi (Son of Lehi); Tree of Life; Virgin Mary; Vision|
When Nephi asks about the meaning of the tree of life, he is shown the virgin Mary and her divine child, and similar adjectives are used to describe the mother and the tree. While this is often confusing to us today, in both ancient Israel and Egypt mother-goddesses were linked to sacred trees. This background helps us make sense of the imagery in Nephi’s vision and enriches the beauty of the text.
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