ISRAEL PHOTOS III  -- A COLLECTION OF PHOTOS FROM ISRAEL 

WITH DESCRIPTIONS OF SCENES AND SITES PERTINENT TO THE STUDY OF CHRISTIANITY

THE FIG TREE


The late ripening fig of September at Tel Lakish (Sept 2003)

This fig was turning purple as it ripened and was quite likely very juicy and sweet.


A fig tree at the Tisch Zoo, Jerusalem (April 11. 2005)

The fig tree was a favorite of Bible authors.   This tree was one of the most productive of fig trees I observed in all of Israel for this time of year.  The productivity of this tree seemed to be influenced by the amount of care given to it.  It was in the "Birds of Prey" outdoor aviary of the zoo.  The tree may have received extra water and fertilizer.  At a minimum it got extra bird dung. 

 

LUKE 13:6-9 (Repent of Perish)-- ASV

6 And he spake this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit thereon, and found none.
7
And he said unto the vinedresser, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why doth it also cumber the ground?
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And he answering saith unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:
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and if it bear fruit thenceforth, well; but if not, thou shalt cut it down.


January 17, 2006, Jaffa Gate in Jerusalem

In the winter the fig lost its leaves.  This fig tree had a few leaves remaining in January; whereas other local fig trees had lost all their leaves by this time.  There were a few figs from the last growth that remained on the branches while the tree shut down for winter. 

LUKE 21 --ASV 

Jesus was teaching his disciples on the evening/night of the day of preparation for the Passover and was speaking about things to come:

25 "There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea.
26
Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken.
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At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
28
When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near."  
29
He told them this parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees.
30
When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near.
31
Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near."

Online Guide to Growing Figs in the Southern U.S.

Parable of the Mustard Seed
     A Mustard Field Along Highway 87-North Shore of Galilee
     Mustard Seeds in the Palm of a Hand
     A Branching Mustard Plant Near the Jordan River/Bethsaida
     Mustard Field March 1999
     Mustard Flowers
Upper Most Seats of the Synagogue

The Fig Tree
     Mt of Olives Fig Tree April 12-13, 2005

     Fig and Pomegranate trees below Siloam in Jerusalem
     Israel Photos II fig tree page
     Sycomore Fig Tree
The Good Shepherd
The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats
     Goat Herder
Camels
Ritual Cleansing
Shechem
     The Olive Harvest of Samaria
     Mt. Ebal
     Olive Tree
Pearl of Great Price
A First Century Synagogue at Gamala
     View from the Vulture Overlook
     Overview of Gamala
Modern Galilee Fishing Boat
Kursi
     
Caves and/or Tombs
     Steep Slope near the Lake
Hippos
Feeding the 5,000
     On the Mountain
     Walking on Water

     Ramot-Zelon area
     Alternate location
Mt. Hermon
The Pool(s) of Bethesda in Jerusalem

     Healing Pools
     Southern Pool
     Crusader Chapel and St. Ann Church
The Pool of Siloam in Jerusalem
     Gihon Spring
     Hezekiah's Tunnel
     Overlook of  Siloam
Tower of Siloam
A Watch Tower in a Vineyard/Olive Grove
     Grape Vines at Beth Horan
     Towers

Mt. Precipice
     South Face
     Summit
     Over the edge
     Measuring Line
     View of Nazareth from near Megiddo
Nazareth
     The Basilica of the Annunciation 
Capernaum
Healing a Paralytic in Capernaum
Bethsaida     
Waterskins and Wineskins
The Fish and the Coin
A Denarius
Casting out a demon
The Road to Jericho
     Old Roman Road
     Wilderness Above Jericho

     Old Jericho
Western Wall
Gethsemane and the Cave of  Gethsemane
Church of the Holy Sepulcher
Rolling Stone Tombs - Jerusalem
     Other Rolling Stone Tombs
Tiberias

Solar Power in Israel

Salt of the earth
Chorazin

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