Thursday, December 9, 2010

The Fig Tree

The fig tree in ancient Palestine was the most important of all trees.

In a warm climate, like that of Palestine, it was fruitful during much of the year. Its so-called "immature figs" began to appear in April; then followed the two main crops, the early one in June and the later one in August.

The fig tee was valued for other reasons. Although it was not a large tree, ranging on an average from ten to fifteen feet high, its foliage was remarkably dense, well-suited for a cool shade from the summer heat.

The fig tree was recognized as a symbol of peace and prosperity. In the time of Solomon it is said that "Judah and Israel dwelt in safety, from Dan even to Beer-sheba, every man under his vine, and under his fig tree." Thus the fig tree was an invaluable tree and was cultivated all over the land of Palestine.

(Lightfoot, Neil R. 1986. The Parables of Jesus. Vol. 1 (Revised). Abilene, TX: A.C.U. Press., pgs 75-76)


  1. I recently read a book in which the author describes her friends medical comparison between the fig fruit and the fruit of the Womb. The image presented along with the text of the book was helpful. I came away understanding the references to the fig tree in a new light.
    Thanks Donna