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The Tree of Life, a Personification of Christ
TitleThe Tree of Life, a Personification of Christ
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1993
AuthorsMiller, Jeanette W.
JournalJournal of Book of Mormon Studies
KeywordsDream; Eternal Life; Jesus Christ; Lehi; Nephi; Personification; Symbolism; Tree of Life; Vision

Throughout history in many cultures, man has looked to the tree of life as a symbol of eternal life. It has been typified in varying forms according to the culture’s perception of the universe. Many early Christians saw the tree of life as a personification of Jesus Christ. It may be that the tree of life vision in the Book of Mormon was presented to introduce the Savior and his ministry. We may learn much about the Lord’s calling and personality by combining a study of various cultural ideas of the tree of life with the testimonies of the prophets contained in the scriptures.