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Prof. Julian Evans speaks about the role of trees in the Bible

July 2019 | by John Tredgett

Professor Julian Evans, OBE is a forestry expert. He studied the subject at Bangor University and later became President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. He is also an evangelical Christian, lay preacher and author of Day One Publications’ God’s Trees.

In April, Julian gave an accompanying talk at Gillingham Baptist Church, Dorset. He spoke of the many fascinating biblical references to trees and wood. In a series of vignettes, he revealed how easily we overlook the arboriculture and horticulture presented in Scripture. He discussed the burning bush, the wood used to construct the Ark of the covenant, the date palm, the mystery of the mustard seed and the myrrh connected with Jesus’ birth and burial.

Other questions Julian has explored concern such things as gopher wood – what was this material used to construct Noah’s Ark? What about all those cedars used to construct Solomon’s Temple? The wood of the cross and ancient olive trees, such as would be found in Gethsemane, have also been subject to Professor Evans’ study.

His address was evangelistic as well as educational, geared to engage unbelievers as much as edify churchgoers. Julian also gave his testimony, recalling how he moved from unbelief to faith in Christ after reading Frank Morrison’s apologetic work, Who Moved the Stone?

The professor fielded a range of questions afterwards and his talk was warmly received by all in attendance. Those interested in arranging a visit from Julian to their church can email him: [email protected]

John Tredgett

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