Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Divinity (M.Div)


Exegetical Theology

First Advisor

Victor Bartling

Scripture References in this Resource (separated by semi-colons)

Mark 11:20-25; Amos 8:1-3; Exodus 32:19; Genesis 3:7; Isaiah 1:8; Isaiah 5:7; Jeremiah 13:1ff. ; Jeremiah 19:1ff.; Luke 13:16; Luke 13:33-35; Luke 13:4,22; Luke 13:6-9; Luke 19:41-44; Mark 11:12-14,20-25; Mark 4:35-41; Mark 5:43; Mark 7:36; Mark 8:11; Mark 8:2; Matthew 12:28; Matthew 21:1-22; Matthew 6:15;


The main purpose of this paper, however, is to attempt to answer the third question listed above; it is hoped that in the process of the discussion solutions to some of the other difficulties will also suggest themselves. Concentrating on the Markan account, we will proceed first by discussing various answers that have been suggested to the question: what was the original purpose of the story? Secondly, the text will be examined exegetically and its context in Mark will be scrutinized in an effort to determine which of the suggested answers best accords with the evidence. Because of the scope of the paper we will limit our detailed analysis to the actual account of the cursing in Mark 11:12-14; the account of the withering of the fig tree and the subsequent sayings on faith and prayer (Mk. 11:20-25) will be discussed as context.

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