Biblical Botany Walking Tour
View The Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s plant collections through the lens of the Old Testament. Biologist, agronomist and Bible scholar, Dr. Jon Greenberg, walks us thru more than 5,000 years of history as we tour the gardens at their mid-summer peak.
Jon has lectured widely on “Torah Flora” at many botanic gardens and schools. His knowledge of the Talmud and his science background combine to make a fascinating walk, even for experienced horticulturists.
Dr. Greenberg received his bachelor’s degree in biology from Brown University and his Masters and Doctorate in agronomy from Cornell University. He has also studied at Israel’s Yeshivat Hamivtar and currently teaches at the Heschel School in NYC. On this tour, he brings more meaning to the Bible by highlighting its natural and agricultural context. For example, which lilies can trace the human history from Exodus to modern-day America? Or, what role did hops play in the development of civilization? By using the Frelinghuysen’s plant collections Jon helps to recreate the ancient worlds of both the Talmud and the Old Testament.
Jon has presented tours at the New York Botanic Garden and the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and is a popular speaker at religious and cultural institutions from Maine to Florida. Participation is limited, so register early. Please wear a sun hat and good walking shoes as we “walk the bible” in this very special program.
Register by July 7