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November 14, 2013 · 08:36

The Apple Tree and the End of the World

whether he said it or not, it proclaims optimism



from “Beggars All”:

Ellen G. White claims:

Yet another example of running down a quotation comes from the Luther.de site that says:

Many more legends about Luther and trees swirl around, one of the best known should be mentioned, the famous saying: ‘If I knew that tomorrow was the end of the world, I would plant an apple tree today!’ is attributed to Luther. One must remember, that the first written evidence of this saying comes from 1944…The 1944 date may come from Martin Schloemann’s book which has a section on the apple-tree quote.

I, Yoel Natan, think the Luther apple seedling quotation was invented and attributed to Luther in 1944 or before, but it comes by way of an ancient rabbi, Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai, who survived the sacking of Jerusalem in 70AD. Claudia J. Setzer wrote:

While they [rabbis] retained the idea of longing for a messiah, they did not encourage chasing after one. A Tannaitic source reads, “He [Rabban Yochanan ben Zakkai] used to say: ‘If there were a plant in your hand and they should say to you, ‘Look, the Messiah is here!’ Go and plant your plant, and after that go forth to receive him’ (‘Abot R. Nat. B 31).


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April 26, 2013 · 08:28



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July 28, 2012 · 11:52

End of the World

End of the World

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July 27, 2012 · 12:58