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|Title||Reading on Multiple Levels|
|Year of Publication||2014|
|Authors||Kramer, Bradley J.|
|Book Title||Beholding the Tree of Life: A Rabbinic Approach to the Book of Mormon|
|Publisher||Greg Kofford Books|
|Place Published||Salt Lake City|
|Keywords||Rabbinics; Scripture Study; Talmud|
The fact that the Tree of Life and the Scriptures seem to be closely connected in Nephi’s mind is itself a powerful inducement to approach the Book of Mormon rabbinically. The Talmudic and post-Talmudic rabbis often wax poetic in their descriptions of the Torah. They liken it to a wife, because one must remember to devote a significant portion of one’s time to it; to wine, because imbibing it, according to them, strengthens one’s resolve and fortifies one’s convictions; to a double-edged sword, because it gives life in this world and the world to come; and to medicine, because it cures evil thoughts. However, the most compelling and most long-lasting metaphor they use is that of the Tree of Life.
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