Title

The Allegory of the Olive Tree and the Use of Related Figurative Language in the Ancient Near East and the Old Testament

Keywords

Olive tree, figurative language in scriptures, ancient near east, old testament

Abstract

The prophecy of Zenos in Jacob 5 is often called the allegory of the olive tree. The objective of this study is to examine this allegory in the larger context of figurative language in the ancient Near East and, in particular, in its own literary tradition preserved in the Old Testament. Through general comparisons we can gain better perspectives on the allegory's relationship to other ancient traditions, a better understanding of its contents, and an appreciation for the Book of Mormon, which restored this marvelous piece to us.

Original Publication Citation

“The Allegory of the Olive Tree and the Use of Related Figurative Language in the Ancient Near East and the Old Testament.” Pages 290-304 in The Allegory of the Olive Tree. Edited by Stephen D. Ricks and John W. Welch. Salt Lake City and Provo: Deseret Book and F.A.R.M.S., 1994.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2017-7

Publisher

FARMS

Language

English

College

Religious Education

Department

Ancient Scripture

University Standing at Time of Publication

Full Professor

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