The dove came to him toward evening, and behold, in her beak was a freshly picked olive leaf. So Noah knew that the water was abated from the earth. King James Bible And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, ... Strong's Hebrew 2132: An olive, the tree, the branch, the berry
The dove and olive branch is one of the most ancient symbols of peace. The story of the dove and the olive first appeared in the Biblical story of Noah's Ark as mentioned in Genesis 8 :11-" וַתָּבֹא אֵלָיו הַיּוֹנָה לְעֵת עֶרֶב, וְהִנֵּה עֲלֵה-זַיִת טָרָף בְּפִיהָ; וַיֵּדַע נֹחַ, כִּי-קַלּוּ הַמַּיִם ...
The Olive Tree. The dove that returned to the ark brought for an olive leaf, signaling the earth had come back to life again. Since the earliest practices of the temple, the olive branch and tree have been incorporated into the temple’s interior and exterior and came to represent Israel herself.
The olive branch is a symbol of peace or victory deriving from the customs of ancient Greece and found in most cultures of the Mediterranean basin. It became associated with peace in modern Europe and is also used in the Arab world.
(A fresh olive branch.) 6. What did Noah do once the flood waters receded and the Ark rested on dry ground? (Noah let all the animals out of the ark.) 7. God promised never to flood the entire earth again. What does God put in the sky to remind us of this promise? (A rainbow.)
The now ubiquitous peace symbol of a dove and olive branch has an unusual history. Though it was initially used by Christians, it is derived from a number of sources. The Biblical story of Noah and the Flood tells of a dove returning to the Arc with a freshly plucked olive leaf.
The weather vane on George Washington's Mt. Vernon Estate looks like a dove with an olive branch. When a dove with an olive branch returned to Noah's ark, it was a sign of life and a new beginning.
From the time the waters of the Flood commenced, until Noah and his family set foot on dry land, they were in the great ark for a period of one year and ten days (Gen. 7:11; 8:14).