Consider the Lilies: Plants of the Bible

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An exploration of the symbolic significance of the numerous trees, plants, flowers, and fruits of the Bible, illustrated with an array of exquisite paintings by Anne Ophelia Dowden, one of the world's most distinguished botanical artists. Bible passages are followed by full-color paintings and a description of the plants and their use in biblical times. A Horn Book Fanfare book originally published in 1986, Consider the Lilies is now reissued in paperback format as a companion book to Images of God, also by John ...
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Overview

An exploration of the symbolic significance of the numerous trees, plants, flowers, and fruits of the Bible, illustrated with an array of exquisite paintings by Anne Ophelia Dowden, one of the world's most distinguished botanical artists. Bible passages are followed by full-color paintings and a description of the plants and their use in biblical times. A Horn Book Fanfare book originally published in 1986, Consider the Lilies is now reissued in paperback format as a companion book to Images of God, also by John and Katherine Paterson, and published in hardcover this spring by Clarion. A dove bearing a sprig of olive in her beak, a vine loaded with sweet purple grapes . . .

Presents botanical illustrations of familiar and exotic flowers, trees, and plants mentioned in the accompanying Bible verses and selections.

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Handsomely presented material on 45 shrubs, crops, trees, weeds, fruits, and flowers mentioned in the Old and New Testaments with emphasis on the rich symbolic values of each. Divided into three groups -- plants of Revelation, Necessity, and Celebration -- each plant is cited in a Bible story or passage (quoted from the King James, New English, or Revised Standard versions of the Bible or paraphrased with graceful dignity). Plants of Revelation include the apple in the Garden of Eden, Jeremiah's Balm of Gilead, the mustard seed, etc. Plants of Necessity are foods such as Esau's lentils and Ruth's barley. Solomon's lily, the oils of anointment, and palm branches represent some of the plants of Celebration. Sometimes the categories overlap, as with the olive and the grape, which fit into all three, but the groupings help give order to the work. Most of the plants are shown, alone or in groups, in meticulous and elegant color illustrations painted from living specimens and shown two-thirds of their actual size. Botanic names are given. Each is accompanied by a lengthy caption discussing the Biblical history, usages, and symbolic meanings. Added beauty is given by an attractive variety of clear type-faces. -- Pat Pearl, First Presbyterian Church Library, Martinsville, Virginia
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780690044614
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Children's Books
  • Publication date: 9/28/1986
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 12 years

Meet the Author

Katherine Paterson's international fame rests not only on her widely acclaimed novels but also on her efforts to promote literacy in the U.S. and abroad. A two-time winner of the Newbery Medal and the National Book Award, she was the 1998 recipient of the Hans Christian Andersen Medal and was recently given the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts by her home state of Vermont. Her latest novel for Clarion was The Same Stuff as Stars.
She lives in Barre, Vermont, where part of this story takes place.
Katherine Paterson is the recipient of the 2006 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award, which celebrates her life's work.

Anne Ophelia Dowden is considered one of the world's foremost botanical illustrators. She lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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