Lifted up – The Tree cycle (5)

On each of the Fridays of Lent, I plan to publish a poem based on reflections on the impact of the various trees mentioned through the Bible, creating a ‘Tree cycle’ of poems. The fifth episode is a story that can feel quite absurd and faintly ridiculous – Jesus cursing the fig tree. It can be found…

Lifted Up – The Tree cycle (4)

On each of the Fridays of Lent, I plan to publish a poem based on reflections on the impact of the various trees mentioned through the Bible, creating a ‘Tree cycle’ of poems. The fourth inspiration is a story familiar to most Sunday Schools: the tax collector (and token little man) Zacchaeus who climbs a sycamore…

Lifted Up – The Tree cycle (3)

On each of the Fridays of Lent, I plan to publish a poem based on reflections on the impact of the various trees mentioned through the Bible, creating a ‘Tree cycle’ of poems. The third episode is a story that traumatised me as a child, through its illustration in a children’s Bible – the death of Absalom,…

Lifted up – The Tree cycle (2)

On each of the Fridays of Lent, I plan to publish a poem based on reflections on the impact of the various trees mentioned through the Bible, creating a ‘Tree cycle’ of poems. The second episode involving a tree that I have chosen is the encounter between Abraham and God at the oaks of Mamre,…

Lifted up – The Tree cycle

A friend at Theological College produced his MLitt on a study of the trees in the Bible, noticing that the grand biblical narrative starts with a tree in Eden, ends with a tree in the New Jerusalem and has as its centre the tree on which Christ died. When thinking of a project for Lent,…