Edersheim's "The Later Parables" is taken from his "Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah".

Extract: The special warning intended to be conveyed by the Parable of the Barren Fig-tree (Luke 13:6-9) sufficiently appears from the context. As explained in a previous chapter, the Lord had not only corrected the erroneous interpretation which the Jews were giving to certain recent national occurrences, but pointed them to this higher moral of all such events, that, unless speedy national repentance followed, the whole people would perish. This Parable offers not merely an exemplification of this general prediction of Christ, but sets before us what underlies it: Israel in its relation to God; the need of repentance; Israel's danger; the nature of repentance, and its urgency; the relation of Christ to Israel; the gospel; and the final judgment on impenitence. nor, of course, the writings of later Rabbis.

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