"And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: for God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. -Genesis

What is the tree of life?

(And this question is not the same as the other on this topic)

  • are you asking for a species? A mechanism? a mystical interpretation? – rosends Feb 23 '16 at 16:01
  • Any! Would be nice.The torah dosent say much,just that it is a very heavy tree,Tree of life ! The mechnism and the mystical,all good – Aigle Feb 23 '16 at 16:18
  • some ideas are found in judaism.stackexchange.com/questions/26631/… and related questions – rosends Feb 23 '16 at 16:21
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    Well as long as you think it, it must be true ;) – Aaron Feb 23 '16 at 18:02
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    I agree........... – Aigle Feb 23 '16 at 18:26

Targum Onkelos on Breishit 2:9 translates the term עץ החיים as meaning "the living tree in the middle of the garden." Based on this translation, there is no name given to this tree. And, you will notice that Adam was not warned not to eat from this tree either - at least not at this point.

Kil Yakar commentary explains why. In the Garden of Eden, all trees had a taste. It was also part of creation that the fruit of the tree and the tree itself had the same taste. Kli Yakar explains that had Adam eaten from this specific tree, he would have lived eternally. However, this tree, had no beautiful fruit. And, G-d was not concerned that humans (or any animals for that matter) would eat from a plain tree having no fruit to attract him to it.)

We can speculate what type of tree this may have been. Considering that there are few trees, currently, where the bark is edible (only two I can think of are sugar and bamboo) this may have been a species that no longer exists. The Torah doesn't indicate its species, and none of the commentaries I have searched indicate this, either.

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