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tree of life

a tree in the Garden of Eden that yielded food giving everlasting life. Gen 2:9; 3:22.
a tree in the heavenly Jerusalem with leaves for the healing of the nations. Rev. 22:2.
Origin of tree of life
1350-1400; Middle English Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for tree of life

tree of life

(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)
(New Testament) a tree in the heavenly Jerusalem, for the healing of the nations (Revelation 22:2)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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tree of life in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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