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#380943 06/03/12 01:48 PM
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Hello!

Does anyone know what these ugly little trees are about? They seem like they have a deeper meaning than just funny little trees. Here's a link from a pretty standard Nativity icon.

Trees [google.com]

I have my theories, but I don't want to bias any replies.

Thanks in advance,
Booth


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Of course they are quoting Genesis as the piece of salvation history - including fruit trees etc. as well as humanity in the website that has that icon.

So a birth of Christ in the scheme of all creation (as planned by the Holy Trinity from the beginning of all time)?


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The tree below the baby is the "Jesse Tree" from prophesy, which says that a shoot will sprout from the stump (tree) of Jesse (the father of King David) “A shoot shall sprout from the stump (tree) of Jesse and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him” Isaiah 11:1-2


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The trees are peculiar and original. It's a special symbolic depiction from a spiritual, but not our secular ugly world.
"The staff of Aaron sprouted, and the dry wood brought forth.
His symbol has been explained today - it is the Virgin womb that gave birth." (Ephrem the Syrian, Hymns on the Nativity)

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Thank you both!


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