Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship


Book of Mormon studies, olive tree, allegory, Jacob 5, Biblical studies


The allegory of the olive tree in Jacob 5 is one of the most magnificent allegories in all of sacred literature. The essays in The Allegory of the Olive Tree examine this allegory and related topics from many perspectives, and in doing so they not only illuminate the meaning of this portion of the Book of Mormon, they also increase our understanding of much that is contained in the New Testament. The olive is a powerful image in the New Testament, and the efforts of these authors to understand that image and its use in the allegory shed light on New Testament teachings and images.