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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. Mark 11:12–14, 20–24)— the fig tree cursed by Jesus, before the cleansed?

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

SOLUTION: Jesus cursed the fig tree His to the as Mark said, but does not mean that Matthew’s account is mistaken. Christ made two trips to the , and cursed the fig tree His trip.

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

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

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