Biblical Archaeology Review 42:4, July/August 2016

Strata: How Many?

BAR July/August 2016 cover

How many kinds of fruit are borne by the tree of life in the Book of Revelation?

Answer: 12

The tree of life in the Book of Revelation bears 12 kinds of fruit. While the exact types of fruit are not specified, the passage does say that the fruit is produced each month (Revelation 22:2).

The Book of Revelation is apocalyptic literature that describes future tribulation, judgment and renewal. Revelation 22, the last chapter of the final book of the New Testament, depicts an ideal scene in the new heaven and new earth: On either side of the river of the water of life, which flows through New Jerusalem, stands the tree of life. The river originates at the throne of God and of the Lamb (Jesus) (Revelation 22:1). Fed by the water of life, the tree is fruitful. Even its leaves, which are “for the healing of the nations,” give life (Revelation 22:2).

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