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January 31, 2013

The Parable of the Fig Tree (part I)

Filed under: Parables of Jesus,The Parable of the Fig Tree — barrynewman @ 11:27 pm

The Parable of the Fig Tree

The parable of the fig tree is one of only a few parables that are reported in all three Synoptic Gospels – Matthew, Mark and Luke. Others are: The parable of the sower, the parable of the mustard seed and the parable of the tenants. The parable of the fig tree is far shorter than any of these.

The parable and the explanation given by Jesus

The parable of the fig tree and the explanation that Jesus gives can be found in Matthew 24: 32 and 33, Mark 13: 28, 29, and Luke 21: 29 – 31.

Mark’s account reads: “From the fig-tree learn the lesson (the parable): as soon as (when already) its branch becomes tender and produces the leaves you know that the summer is near. So also, you, when you see these things happening, know that it (or he) is near, at the gates.” Matthew’s account is very similar but refers to “when you see all these things,”.

Luke’s account, although along the same lines, puts matters somewhat differently:  “And he told them a parable: ‘Look at the fig-tree and all the trees – as soon as (when already) they sprout, observing for yourselves, you know that summer is already near. So also when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near.’” Given that each of the Gospels seems to indicate that the same circumstances prevailed when the parable was told, see below, it would appear they are making reference to the same parable, despite any differences in their reporting of it.

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