and the Fig Tree (Mark 11:13)
Most of our modern
Bibles of today (I checked 21 different translations), have Jesus
looking for fruit when it was "not the
season for fruit".
11:13 NET. After noticing in the distance a fig tree with
he went to see if he could find any fruit on it. When he came to it he
found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs.
even goes much further.
11:13 NLT He noticed a fig tree in full leaf a little way
He went over to see if He could find any figs. But there were only
leaves because it was
too early in the season for fruit.
Did Jesus know what He was doing?
do Bible translators know what they are doing?
can't both be right.
A bigger problem.
I will try to show, this verse highlights a major problem we have today
with our English Bibles.
They contain errors - and
some people have identified many of those those errors - but the publishers are not willing to correct the errors.
The truth of
Take a look at the photo I took of a fig tree in
early Spring (before the Spring equinox).
hope you can see that the fruit starts growing at the same time the
leaves are starting to grow.
To put it another way,
any fig tree old enough to bear fruit, should have immature fruit on it
Time Mark 13:11 took place.
11 starts with Jesus's triumphal entry into Jerusalem, and in chapter
14 Jesus is being anointed for His burial, so the fig tree story
happens just a few days before Jesus is crucified.
Jesus was crucified on the day the Passover lambs were killed, and that
is always the 14th day of the first month in the Biblical calendar. The
first month has to start after but within 30 days of the Spring equinox.
round about way of saying that the fig tree story of Mark 11:13
occurred in early Spring.
Fig trees in
the photo shows, a productive fig tree of fruit bearing age, will
always have both leaves and fruit at this time of the year. Jesus was
absolutely correct in walking over to the tree expecting to find fruit.
Sure, the fruit would not be ripe, but the early fruit should be there
if there are leaves.
The immature fruit is "dry" but
certainly tastes like figs.
the comment about it not being the season for figs, should be
translated to indicate it was not late enough in the season to find "ripe" figs on a
Had it been the season for ripe figs, someone
been there before Jesus and stripped the tree - and that would have
been the reason for no fruit, not that the tree was unproductive.
truth is known - but who will change?
truth of the fig tree story in Mark is well documented (see "Treasury
of Scriptural Knowledge"), and all people
growing figs would know the time the first figs start to form - yet
Bible translators would rather make Jesus look "ignorant" of when to
get something to eat off a fig tree, rather than correct their mistake.
can only wonder at how many other errors in the Bible have been left
there, because it is easier to ignore errors, than to correct them.
Orchard Sep 2011
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