God's Trees

Trees, forests and wood in the Bible

Author: Julian Evans

Publisher: Day One

ISBN: 978-1846254109

The first authoritative book to focus on trees, forests and wood in the Bible including how they were used and sometimes abused. Trees, too, abound in the imagery and symbolism, and the pictures and parables of scripture.

What might Noah's Ark have been made of? Why was so much cedar imported by King Solomon for the temple, and what would have been so special? Where do frankincense and myrrh come from? What do we know about the wood of the cross of Christ or the ancient olive trees in Gethsemane? These and many other questions are addressed.

Richly illustrated with colour photographs and original artwork.

The book is written as a commentary with a compendium providing additional details.

About the author

Professor Julian Evans OBE FICFor Julian was formerly professor of forestry at Imperial College, prior to which he was the Forestry Commission's Chief Research Officer (South) at the Alice Holt Research Station near Farnham. He has written or was a principal editor of some 16 books on forestry and tree-related subjects including the ‘The Forests Handbook’ (2001), Encyclopaedia of Forest Science (2004) and, most recently, Planted Forests (2009). He is currently President of Britain's professional forestry body, the Institute of Chartered Foresters, and Chair of the Forestry Commission's Expert Committee on Forest Science. Julian served as a non-executive director of Tear fund for 16 years and is an elder in the leadership team of his church in Hampshire. Julian is married with three grown-up sons and has three granddaughters. In 1997 he was appointed OBE for 'Services to forestry and the third world'.


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