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March 01, 2010


Brother Bartimaeus

Thanks as always for this John. The first thing I thought about with this week's reading was the fig tree in Mark and Matthew. Do you think Luke is commenting on/criticizing their accounts? That Mark and Matthew are saying Israel isn't bearing fruit, so Jesus has pronounced it's withered; while Luke is saying that Israel is still redeemable, despite the fact that it's not bearing fruit?

John Petty

Bro. Bart, your comments always make me think for a couple of days before responding. I think you are exactly right. I don't know what Matthew's take on this is, but, for Mark, the fig tree is utterly incapable of renewal. In Luke, not so much.

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