Regarded in the OT as gifts of God to be valued and not consumed selfishly or greedily (Gen. 1:29–30; 3:18), especially the vine (2 Kgs. 19:29). In the NT plants and planting are used metaphorically—of God's work (Matt. 15:13) and people's (Matt. 21:33–41), and of a stage in the growth of a Church (1 Cor. 3:6–8). Palm [[➝ palm]] trees were especially important, and flourished in adverse circumstances. In 71 CE the Romans depicted a palm tree on coins commemorating the defeat of the Jews in the recent war.

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