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A Garden of Love

Started this discussion. Last reply by Dr. Ed Bez Nov 22, 2009. 1 Reply

Hyssop at the time of Passover

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Dr. Ed Bez left a comment for Tom Clarke
"Tom, I am ready to help push your new book. I've been overwhelmed with getting our gardens underway and their are coming along nicely. What about a short feature article about the book and I'll circulate the article throughout our network…"
Apr 11, 2010
Dr. Ed Bez replied to Tom Clarke's discussion A Garden of Love
"Tom, First let me begin by congradulating you on the publication of your book. Then, I will be looking forward to procuring a copy and reading it and will give you feedback. It's somewhat difficult to assess from the publ. link you…"
Nov 22, 2009
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A Garden of Love

As Caretaker of the Gethsemane Prayer Garden, I have often been struck by how a flower, shrub or tree that was selected for the garden was shown to have a deeper meaning. Oftentimes, this deeper meaning came as a revelation of the mystery of love, the compassion of God being revealed from within our hearts, and the fullness of the expression of that love.As the Holy Spirit led, I compiled a set of thirty teachings, each that relates a flower to some aspect of Christian love. This new book…See More
Nov 17, 2009
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"Dr. Bez - No, I have not contacted the funeral homes. While I think it is an excellent idea, and the founding pastor does as well, the lead pastor has reservations because he does not know how we would be able to provide counseling services if it is…"
Sep 28, 2009
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"Hey Tom, Here are the gardens doing this year? Did you ever get in touch with some of the funeral homes in the area to let them know you have an excellent venue for memorials and post-loss meditation and reflection? Ed"
Sep 27, 2009
Jon Greenberg replied to Tom Clarke's discussion Hyssop at the time of Passover
"Interesting idea! And I think that your approach to relating theology to botany is very similar to my own (See, for example, these essays on my Website, Torahflora: http://www.torahflora.org/category/nature-in-biblical-metaphor/ However, I…"
Sep 27, 2009
Tom Clarke replied to Tom Clarke's discussion Hyssop at the time of Passover
"Dr. Bez - Do you think that the dried hyssop plant would have been strong enough to hold a sponge? Most people seem to think that the young hyssop plant at the time of Passover would have been able to retain the moisture that is in the blood for…"
Aug 7, 2009
Tom Clarke replied to Tom Clarke's discussion Hyssop at the time of Passover
"Dr. Bez - I read in this article by Harrison that he believes that the live hyssop, rather than the dried hyssop, would have been used for the sprinkling of the blood. That's good. What is surprising to me is that Harrison does not even mention…"
Aug 5, 2009
Dr. Ed Bez replied to Tom Clarke's discussion Hyssop at the time of Passover
"Tom, I have been heavily impressed with the work of Harrison, an evangelical biblical scholar and careful botanical researcher. Check out this brief yet informative article about the debate in identifying the specific G/S of…"
Aug 5, 2009
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Hyssop at the time of Passover

I understand that there are several plants that might qualify as the hyssop that is found in Exodus 12:22 and John 19:29. I also understand that Origanum Syriacum is considered by many to be that plant.Do you agree that Origanum Syriacum is the hyssop of the Bible? If so, how is it possible that the plant would be strong enough to carry the blood of the lamb onto the doorpost, and strong enough to carry the sponge with the wine vinegar to the lips of Jesus? Do you think it would have been using…See More
Aug 3, 2009
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At 11:21am on April 11, 2010, Dr. Ed Bez said…
Tom,

I am ready to help push your new book. I've been overwhelmed with getting our gardens underway and their are coming along nicely. What about a short feature article about the book and I'll circulate the article throughout our network and e-mail list (3000 strong)?

Do you have a jpeg photo of the books cover? I could use that too.
At 12:27pm on September 28, 2009, Tom Clarke said…
Dr. Bez - No, I have not contacted the funeral homes. While I think it is an excellent idea, and the founding pastor does as well, the lead pastor has reservations because he does not know how we would be able to provide counseling services if it is needed.

Several things have happened recently:
1. There was a feature in the Auburn Citizen about the garden. You may see it at http://www.auburnpub.com/articles/2009/09/12/lake_life/

2. We are formally starting a School of Landcaping next year. In the past, I have worked with 4 youth teaching them the skill of landscaping design and maintenance. This next year we hope to formalize this effort and bring in knowledgeable adults to mentor them as well. This should also reduce some of the burden on me and relieve some of the associated financial pressure with maintaining this garden.

3. The church hopes to build a Moses' Rock as a pondless waterfall next spring. It will be as a thank you for the founding pastor's 20 years with the church. The waterfall will be 5' tall with three courses of limestone boulders and a central hole in the center of the top rock.

4. I have finished my first draft of my newest book entitled "A Garden of Love" which is a photographic review of 30 plants from the garden with a Christian devotion related to each one.

May the Lord be with you in grace and peace, Tom
At 6:45pm on September 27, 2009, Dr. Ed Bez said…
Hey Tom,
Here are the gardens doing this year? Did you ever get in touch with some of the funeral homes in the area to let them know you have an excellent venue for memorials and post-loss meditation and reflection?

Ed
At 2:08pm on August 4, 2009, Dr. Ed Bez said…
Welcome Tom. What a handsome gentleman! I'm glad you are not another orange head. I have tried to get everyone to have a face to go with their profiles...it helps to keep some idea of real community in cyberworld.

I expect some will respond to the discussion thread. If you get stuck try Dr. Musselman's website at Old Dominion University, he is considered a world authority on bible plants. He's a great guy too just like you.

Hope you have a good trip to California and that you are back home refreshed.
 
 
 

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