A fruit tree common in both wild and cultivated forms throughout the Near East since ancient times. It is a beautiful shade tree whose large palm-shaped leaves were said to have been used to cover the nakedness of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden (Gen 3:7). The pear-shaped fruit is eaten fresh or dried into cakes, which are storable and thus an ideal food for travelers (1Sam 25:18). A fig tree that failed in its purpose of bearing figs was cursed by Jesus (Matt 21:18-19), perhaps as a metaphor for the destruction of the Temple that similarly failed to bear proper religious fruit (Mark 11:12-25).

Gen 3:7

7Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made loincloths for themselves.

1Sam 25:18

18Then Abigail hurried and took two hundred loaves, two skins of wine, five sheep ready dressed, five measures of parched grain, one hundred clusters of raisins ... View more

Matt 21:18-19

Jesus Curses the Fig Tree
18In the morning, when he returned to the city, he was hungry.19And seeing a fig tree by the side of the road, he went to it and found ... View more

Mark 11:12-25

Jesus Curses the Fig Tree
12On the following day, when they came from Bethany, he was hungry.13Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to see whether ... View more

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