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Commentary on Mark

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11, 1–11 :

In Mark's account Jesus takes the initiative in ordering the preparation for his entry into Jerusalem (1–6) even as he later orders the preparation of his last Passover Supper ( 14, 12–16 ). In vv 9–10 the greeting Jesus receives stops short of proclaiming him Messiah. He is greeted rather as the prophet of the coming messianic kingdom. Contrast Mt 21, 9 .

11, 12–14 :

Jesus’ search for fruit on the fig tree recalls the prophets’ earlier use of this image to designate Israel; cf Jer 8, 13; 29, 17; Jl 1, 7; Hos 9, 10.16 . Cursing the fig tree is a parable in action representing Jesus’ judgment ( 20 ) on barren Israel and the fate of Jerusalem for failing to receive his teaching; cf Is 34, 4; Hos 2, 14; Lk 13, 6–9 .

11, 15–19 :

See the note on Mt 21, 12–17 .

11, 26 :

This verse, which reads, “But if you do not forgive, neither will your heavenly Father forgive your transgressions,” is omitted in the best manuscripts. It was probably added by copyists under the influence of Mt 6, 15 .

11, 27–33 :

The mounting hostility toward Jesus came from the chief priests, the scribes, and the elders (27); the Herodians and the Pharisees ( 12, 13 ); and the Sadducees ( 12, 18 ). By their rejection of God's messengers, John the Baptist and Jesus, they incurred the divine judgment implied in vv 27–33 and confirmed in the parable of the vineyard tenants ( 12, 1–12 ).

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