"But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God; I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever". (Psalm 52:8).
The Olive Wood of the holy land is the symbol of eternal life and the olive tree has always been a vital plant to the land of Israel. The wood obtained from the Olive tree is one of the most beautiful and hardest types of wood. The older the wood, the darker the colors. The olive tree can survive up to 2,000 years and in Matthew 26:36 it is noted that Jesus prayed in Gethsemane, near an olive tree which some say still exists today. The olive tree also appears in the Old Testament as Noah sent out a dove from the ark to find dry land. The dove, the symbol of the Holy Spirit, returned with an olive branch.
As the olive tree has been proclaimed to be a blessed tree, people planted olive trees in various parts of the Holy Land to spread its cultivation. The oil from the olives was used to anoint priests, prophets and kings to empower them and also to pray for their healing.
About 400 years ago Franciscan monks began teaching Christians in Bethlehem the art of carving the lovely wood of the olive tree. This art has been passed down to generation after generation of Bethlehem craftsmen over the centuries. Though the process has been speeded up by modern technology, each piece is carved by a skilled hand carver with at least 6 or 7 years of training. Now you can be part of this special tradition with your own Olive Wood craft, symbolizing a special and timeless link to the Holy Land.
Shopping Jerusalem offers a wide range of olive wood products including olive wood rosary, olive wood beads, olive wood utensils and olive wood crucifix pendants. Our olive wood nativity sets are especially meaningful as they celebrate the birth of the lord Jesus. Our beautiful olive wood nativity sets feature detailed carvings of the Mangers with the Bethlehem Stars, the Holy Family Figurines, the Animals and the Palm Tree, all hand cut from olive wood and made in Bethlehem.
Made from high quality wood work, the olive wood not only carries a special significance and link to the Holy Land, but is also a way to beautify your home. Each item is unique, because of the different cut of wood it is made of. Take a look at our varied collection of olive wood products to find a special piece of the Holy Land that will be cherished in your home for many years!