Biblical Life or Tree of Life (Hebrew: עץ החיים; Etz haChayim) in the book of Genesis in verse 2: 9 known as the tree with the tree of the knowledge of good and evil by God was planted in the Garden of Eden (Paradise) and whose fruits give eternal life (immortality). After Adam and Eve from the tree had eaten the knowledge of good and evil, the Bible says that both of them were expelled from the Garden of Eden to dissuade them of life to eat of the fruit of the tree, "When God thought the Lord, Now the man has become like us, now he has to know good and evil: and now I want to avoid that he reaps fruit of the tree of life, because if he would eat, he would live forever. ". - (NIV, Gen 3:22), according to the Bible story, Adam and Eve were so so separated from the tree of life and made mortal. In the Christian New Testament, this banishment from the Garden of Eden offset by the "planting" of the New Life (Jesus) on the side of man. In the book of Revelation is three times (2: 7, 22: 2 and 22:19) uses the Koine Greek phrase xylon Zoes (ξύλον ζωής), which in Dutch translated literally as "tree of life" or "tree of life" is translated (22:19 in some translations as well as' boo (c) k of life "translated). The "tree of life" in the book of Proverbs used several times in connection with the Wisdom. If the image defines the value of wisdom. Wisdom is a tree of life to those who embrace her (Prov. 3:18). A righteous man plant a tree of life (Prov. 11.30). Fulfilled desire (as opposed unfulfilled hope) is a tree of life (Prov. 13.12). Calm words (as opposed to a false tongue) is a tree of life (Prov. 15.4). The writer of Proverbs seems to establish a fondness for the picture of the tree of life in the day, however, it is nowhere explicitly stated. The image of the writer as such has probably sufficient eloquence. The Tree of Life will be shown in several examples of sacred geometry and provides a central point in Kabbalah (the mystical study of the Torah), where it is displayed as the sefirot.
The Germanic Life. The Irminsul was an important sanctuary for the Saxons of the eighth century AD. with supposedly great symbolic significance. It is mentioned and briefly described in the Annals regni Francorum, the St. Translatio Alexandri Rudolf of Fulda in the Gesta Pontificum Hammaburgensis ecclesiae (Book I, Chapter 8) Adam of Bremen. Latter two use the exact same words and describe the Irminsul as a large, erect wooden trunk that supported the world according to the Saxons. Adam of Bremen says that he has taken over the details of Einhard (ca. 770-841). However, his work has not been preserved. In Einhards words according to Adam of Bremen: Truncum quoque ligni non PARVAE magnitudinis in altum erectum sub divo cole bans, patria eum claimant's lingua Irminsul, quod Latine dicitur columpna universalist, quasi sustinens omnia. Translated, this means: also they used a wooden trunk of considerable size which was set up in height to worship under the open sky they called in the language of their homeland Irminsul, which is in Latin universalis columna (= al-pillar) called, as it were, everything supported.
The kabbalistic tree of life is a model that Hermetic Kabbalists throughout the universe and its origin symbolic proposals. This tree of life has a different shape than the one who knew the Jewish Kabbalists. The first publication in which this tree of life occurred was Athanasi Kircher's Oedipus Aegypticus from 1652. Robert Fludd took this diagram in a modified form on his Complete Works in 1617.
Tree of life.