Monday, January 10, 2011

Curiousity Killed the Cat

This is a fir tree in Victoria , BC.
They grow even bigger than this.
Having read the Oak Legend I had to find out which tree was used to crucify people.

I was happy to learn oak grew in areas like Bashan, and in the Ḥurshat Tal of the Ḥuleh valley but was expensive and too hard to cut so they needed a softer wood and this then most likely was the fir tree.

Lebanon had lots of cedar trees which symbolized pride and loftiness
The city of Tyre made oars out of oak

The oak when it is old is cut down and then regrows by letting out shoots.
Issiah used this oak tree to compare the fate of the Jewish people to the old oak.

The old oak (together with an elah, *terebinth) standing near the gate Shallekhet in Jerusalem that frequently had its branches and trunk cut down, only its stump remaining; yet no sooner was it felled, than the stump put forth "holy seed," sprouting new shoots (Isa. 6:13). Possibly Isaiah 11:1: "And there shall come forth a shoot out of the stock of Jesse, and a twig shall grow forth out of his roots" is a continuation of this chapter.

The oldest oak tree in Israel today is in Hebron and known as the oak of Hebron.
Either this tree or one of its ancestors is mentioned as the tree under which Abraham received the kings.(Ant., 1:186; cf. Wars, 4:533)

What kind of tree grows fingers on it?
Answer: A palm tree

Riddle: What kind of fruit do trees like the most?
Answer: Pineapples

Riddle: What did the tree wear to the pool party?
Answer: Swimming trunks

Riddle: Why didn't the tree want to play checkers?
Answer: Because he was a chestnut!

Riddle: How can you tell if a tree is a dogwood?
Answer: By its bark


Lindsey said...

I never knew that about the tree in Hebron, but I have seen the olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane and those were pretty cool. They are said to have been present with Jesus, but who knows? They really did look old and awesome!

Mama Zen said...

My daughter is going to love the tree jokes!

A Lady's Life said...

Thats why I put them Mama Zen
So mama's can impress their children lol

A Lady's Life said...

Lindsey - amazing
I sure would like to go there one day and see for myself
But with all this trouble.....

SandyCarlson said...

Thanks for these insights. I have a deep respect for trees, especially the big ones.

A Lady's Life said...

I know SAndy. You are a true soul :)

George said...

Thank you for a very interesting post (the riddles weren't bad, either!). That is one huge tree in your photo.

A Lady's Life said...

george= we have many such trees.
Very old and a shame to cut.Some are even wider.
the riddles are good for kids

Baron's Life said...

Which cat was that?

A Lady's Life said...

Baron Hunh?