The Rev. Melanie McCarley
God gives good gifts; fig trees are among them. In ancient Egypt, pharaohs believed that when they died their souls would encounter a Ficus sycomorus fig tree at the edge of the desert, and that the goddess Hathor would emerge from the foliage to welcome them to heaven. Fig trees and heaven—it’s not too much of a stretch. In fact, the fig tree is the only tree mentioned by name in the Garden of Eden.