“The Allegory of the Olive Trees”
Jacob 5 is long, but relatively transparent–it is easy to discern that the vineyard is the world; the Lord is well, the Lord; and that the trees represent people. It makes sense that the “tame olive tree” is Israel and the “wild olive trees” represent Gentiles.
But even without understanding all the symbols, the caring and compassion, the dedication of vulnerability of the Lord of the vineyard is clear.
Class Member Reading: Jacob 5 – 7
Additional Reading: 1 Nephi 10:12–14; 22:3–5; Bible Dictionary, “Olive Tree,” 739–40.
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Ensign article on the Allegory of the Olive Trees
Zenos, Encyclopedia of Mormonism
Botanical Comparisons in the Allegory of the Olive Tree; BYU Religious Studies Center
Personalizing Jacob 5; Mormon Women Project: Our Cooperative Ministry
Thanks to Devin Roth for the bumper music!
I enjoyed your thoughts on this one. I took some of your general ideas and expanded on them in this post. http://www.churchistrue.com/blog/allegory-of-the-olive-tree/
Jared Anderson says:
I enjoyed your post as well. Would you mind linking to the EGD episode to your post?