Mark 11 provides us some of the most important perspective for understanding Jesus’s posture toward the Temple establishment and what he thought was going to go down in Jerusalem.
I’ve written an article on this, focusing especially on Jesus’s citations of Isaiah and Jeremiah: “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations? But you have made it a robbers den.”
Along the way I deal with the cursed and withered fig tree, and prayers that can send mountains into the sea. Here it is:
J. R. Daniel Kirk, “Time for Figs, Temple Destruction, and Houses of Prayer in Mark 11:12-25,” Catholic Biblical Quarterly 74 (2012): 509-27. (Reproduced here in accordance with the Open Access Policy of the CBA.)