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For many readers, the phrase “tree of life” will immediately evoke thoughts of the garden of Eden. Charles Echols has situated this tree for us among other life-giving trees and plants mentioned in a variety of ancient Near Eastern texts, and Amy Balogh has explored the iconographical context

In: The Tree of Life

, as the formula often reads, “life and light”, 2 that acts directly in beneficial ways from a distance on all beings in the universe. It enlivens all of nature and brings it to fruition. Yet solar light is the physical manifestation of its principle, divine light, which first created the world; and

In: Hellenistic Astronomy