From the very first pages of Genesis, when G-d plants His garden of Eden, nature infuses the Old Testament.
The ancient Hebrews were agricultural people, living on and from the land. They were tuned into nature's rhythms and the habits of the crops and plants around them. The Bible and its prophets therefore used botanical metaphors to convey moral and other messages in a language these people would have easily understood.
Nature also furnished the props for miracles; a bush engulfed by fire that didn't burn; the branch of an almond tree that produced buds, blossoms and fruits at the same time…
The Bible path opens a window on to the remarkable, and relatively little -known, symbolic role that plants play in the scriptures.