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)—When was the fig tree cursed by Jesus, before or the temple was cleansed?

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

: Jesus cursed the fig tree on His way to the temple as said, but does not mean that Matthew’s account mistaken. Christ made trips to the temple, and He cursed the fig tree on His second trip.

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



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