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Two peculiar trees were growing in the midst of the garden of Eden. Which were their secret substances? Why the biblical writer chose to use the image of the Tree in the paradise narrative? And what did the Tree mean withinin the cultural... more
Two peculiar trees were growing in the midst of the garden of Eden. Which were their secret substances? Why the biblical writer chose to use the image of the Tree in the paradise narrative? And what did the Tree mean withinin the cultural environment of the ancient Near East?
These are the main questions to be briefly answered. Sumerians, Akkadians, Babylonians, Egyptians and Hebrews, all used the image of the Tree to express the presence of the deity or the eternal life and youth.
"Οι αντιλήψεις περί θανάτου σε έναν κάπως άγνωστο για το ευρύ κοινό πο-λιτισμό. Ποιοι ήταν οι Κέλτες και ποιοι είναι σήμερα οι πραγματικοί Κέλ-τες; Τι μυστικά μας ψιθυρίζουν τα (ταφικά) μεγαλιθικά μνημεία τους; Τι ήταν οι δρυίδες, οι... more
"Οι αντιλήψεις περί θανάτου σε έναν κάπως άγνωστο για το ευρύ κοινό πο-λιτισμό. Ποιοι ήταν οι Κέλτες και ποιοι είναι σήμερα οι πραγματικοί Κέλ-τες; Τι μυστικά μας ψιθυρίζουν τα (ταφικά) μεγαλιθικά μνημεία τους; Τι ήταν οι δρυίδες, οι ουάτεις και οι βάρδοι; Τι ήταν η Tir na n-Og, ο Κόσμος Κάτω από τα Κύματα και ο βασιλιάς της Θάλασσας; Ποιες γιορτές συνδέο-νταν με το θάνατο και ποιες από αυτές τελούνται μέχρι σήμερα χριστιανικά ενδεδυμένες; Αυτά και άλλα ερωτήματα θα μας απασχολήσουν στην ανα-ζήτηση της σχέσης των Κελτών με το θάνατο, με τον οποίο είχαν και έχουν μια ιδιαίτερη σχέση."
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" The “Fountain” and the Tree.Reflections on Immortality. -EvlampiaTsireli What are the common features between the movie “The Fountain” (2006) and the Books of Genesis and Revelation? The movie deals with issues such as immortality,... more
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The “Fountain” and the Tree.Reflections on Immortality.  -EvlampiaTsireli

What are the common features between the movie “The Fountain” (2006) and the Books of Genesis and Revelation? The movie deals with issues such as immortality, eternal youth, and stopping the time, through the healing properties of a tree. The healing is both spiritual and physical, as we watch three parallel stories in the movie, all moving in the same context. One of these three stories belongs to the category of science fiction. In the present study, this tree is associated with the tree of life in Genesis 2-3 and Revelation 22. Also, there will be a short reference to the chapters of Genesis containing the genealogies of Adam, in order to examine the remarkable life expectancy of the people of that time. Moving between fiction, spirituality and biblical narration, we wonder: Was there actually a tree of life, with properties of life extension that made people live for many years if not forever? Did we indeed lost it and have to find it either spiritually or physically? The movie deals with this question and so does the Bible. The paper also contains philosophical and literary reflections of the author.
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