tree of life

noun
1.
a tree in the Garden of Eden that yielded food giving everlasting life. Gen 2:9; 3:22.
2.
a tree in the heavenly Jerusalem with leaves for the healing of the nations. Rev. 22:2.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English

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tree of life
 
n
1.  Old Testament a tree in the Garden of Eden, the fruit of which had the power of conferring eternal life (Genesis 2:9; 3:22)
2.  New Testament a tree in the heavenly Jerusalem, for the healing of the nations (Revelation 22:2)

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Tree of life definition


stood also in the midst of the garden of Eden (Gen. 2:9; 3:22). Some writers have advanced the opinion that this tree had some secret virtue, which was fitted to preserve life. Probably the lesson conveyed was that life was to be sought by man, not in himself or in his own power, but from without, from Him who is emphatically the Life (John 1:4; 14:6). Wisdom is compared to the tree of life (Prov. 3:18). The "tree of life" spoken of in the Book of Revelation (Rev. 2:7; 22:2, 14) is an emblem of the joys of the celestial paradise.

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Example sentences
The former means that the world's databases are filling up with genes from
  every part of the tree of life.
Mutations reveal surprising branches on the tree of life.
Human beings and nonhuman apes inhabit neighboring branches on the tree of
  life, but there are differences.
So the tree of life is adding a lot of detail, and it's also getting a time
  line.
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