Its slender leaves were green and differed little from any other leaf. It was the fruit, however, that fascinated the woman. It consisted of shiny gold spheres that reflected sunlight the way water reflected her face.
She wondered what it would be like to taste a fruit as beautiful and shiny as this, but remembered that she would never know. Moving closer to the tree, she reached out her hand and touched a fruit.
The Two Trees tells the beginning of the story, from the moment Eve opened her eyes to the point when she buried Adam over nine hundred years later. The first half starts quietly in the perfect Garden of Eden and builds in tension until the world is changed forever. The second half follows Adam, Eve, and their children as they learn to deal with insurmountable challenges which lead to death and terrible grief. Yet they also learn the promise of a Coming One, who will deliver them from sin.
Robert Wetmore pastored Bellevue Community Church in Nebraska from 1987 to 1995. He then served as Professor of Theology at Toccoa Falls College in Georgia until 2008. Currently Dr. Wetmore is Professor of Religious Studies and Dean of the Chapel at Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan. He is married to his wife, Joyce, and they have three children and several grandchildren.