“The Jesus Tree.”

Posted on June 15, 2008. Filed under: New Research, Uncategorized | Tags: , |

A palm seed that was found 2,000 years ago was successfully grown alive. Is this not a miracle? That a seed can lie dormant for such an extended long time is simply astonishing!

The seed was discovered inside a jar full of the discarded pits of dates during excavations of Masada in the 1960s.

Previously, the most ancient seed to germinate was a 1,300-year-old Chinese lotus grown in America in the 1990s and had been preserved in cold water.

The 5 ft tall plant seedling was found at the ancient fortress of Masada (Google it for the history behind this name or read from the link given below.)

According to those scientist, it could be growing in the forests between Galilee and the Dead Sea during Jesus time.

The plant has been named Methuselah after the oldest person in the Bible, and is now in the care of Dr Sarah Sallon, a British doctor who runs the Hadassah Medical Organisation in Jerusalem.

She soaked the seed in warm water and fertiliser three years ago before she planted it. Within eight weeks it had started to sprout.

This Judean date palm also known as the ‘Tree of life’ became extinct 1000 years ago.

It is not known if the tree is female or male. Some people may not think of tree’s as having the male or female sex .

I do know that if the papaya tree is male , there will be no papaya fruits and it will be a waste of time and effort in planting them.

Reference and thanks to;-

The Jesus tree: Date palm is grown from 2,000-year-old seed

By David Derbyshire


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