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Cursed Fig Tree


(1a) Mark 11:12-14,20-21 = Matt 21:18-20
(1b) Mark 13:28-29
(2) Luke 13:6-9



(1a) Mark 11:12-14,20-21 = Matt 21:18-20

/11:12/ On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry. /11:13/ Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see whether perhaps he would find anything on it. When he came to it, he found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. /11:14/ He said to it, "May no one ever eat fruit from you again." And his disciples heard it. /11:20/ In the morning as they passed by, they saw the fig tree withered away to its roots. /11:21/ Then Peter remembered and said to him, "Rabbi, look! The fig tree that you cursed has withered."

= Matt 21:18-20
/21:18/ In the morning, when he returned to the city, he was hungry. /21:19/ And seeing a fig tree by the side of the road, he went to it and found nothing at all on it but leaves. Then he said to it, "May no fruit ever come from you again!" And the fig tree withered at once. /21:20/ When the disciples saw it, they were amazed, saying, "How did the fig tree wither at once?"

(1b) Mark 13:28-29

/13:28/ "From the fig tree learn its lesson: as soon as its branch becomes tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. /13:29/ So also, when you see these things taking place, you know that he is near, at the very gates.

(2) Luke 13:6-9

/13:6/ Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. /13:7/ So he said to the gardener, 'See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?' /13:8/ He replied, 'Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig around it and put manure on it. /13:9/ If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.'"



John Dominic Crossan

Item: 260
Stratum: II (60-80 CE)
Historicity: -
Common Sayings Tradition: No



This poem originated as a contribution to the HODOS online community by Gene Stecher. It is published with Gene's consent but he explicitly retains full rights as the creative author. You welcome to use it for personal study and worship, but it should not be published in any other form without the author's prior consent. Index to Gene Stecher's poems


Expressions of hope

in the simple practice of plant care,

And from experience

the gardener dares the future,

For It is possible to

anticipate life's emergence from apparent death.

She has seen it!


But even hope has its boundaries,

one year of time to produce a miracle.

Still, no small amount of energy

will be expended throughout 365 days.

But without figs on the tree,

is crucifixion the only option,

Isn't 'no stone left on another' enough?


Is there no other way

to see tender branch beginnings,

the nearness of summer,

the excitement at the gates!


Surprise! The 'I-Thou' temple emerges from the rubble!



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