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When was the fig tree cursed by Jesus, before or after the temple was cleansed? MATTHEW 21:12–19 (cf. Mark 11:12–14, 20–24)

MATTHEW 21:12–19 (cf. 11:12–14, 20–24)— the fig tree cursed by Jesus, before after the cleansed?

PROBLEM: Matthew places the cursing of the fig tree after the cleansing of the . But places the cursing before the cleansed. But, cannot be both. Did one writer make a mistake?

SOLUTION: Jesus actually cursed the fig tree on way to the as said, but does not mean that Matthew’s account is mistaken. two trips to the , and He cursed the fig tree on second trip.

11:11 says that entered the the day of triumphal entry. enters the , does not mention making any proclamations against any wrongdoing. 12 says “Now the next day,” referring to the trip to the fig tree on the way to the on the second day. On day, threw out those buying and selling in the . Matthew, however, addresses the two trips of to the as though they were one event. gives the impression that the day Christ entered the He drove out the buyers and sellers as well. ’s account, however, gives more detail to the events, revealing that there were actually two trips to the . In view of , we no reason to that there is a discrepancy in the accounts.

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[1]Geisler, N. L., & Howe, T. A. (1992). critics ask : A popular handbook on difficulties (354). Wheaton, Ill.: Victor Books.

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