The book of Revelation resembles Science and Health in this, that it is, among other things, an attempt to make clear the existing Scripture to the contemporary thought of the period in which it was written. For this reason a large part of the book is devoted to the exegesis of parts of the Old Testament; and consequently when the writer refers, in the last chapter, to the tree of life, it is impossible not to remember the earlier reference to the same tree in the book of Genesis: "And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
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