Vines cites συκοφαντέω to mean showing the fig or fig-shower, meaning someone who accused another of illegaly exporting figs. And the sycamore that Zacchaeus climbed is of the fig family.

It it a pleasant linguistic coincidence, seeing that figs and fig trees were relatively common or is there something to a "fig-shower" making himself known from within a fig tree?

  • An interesting association that I had not noticed - many thanks.
    – user25930
    Aug 16, 2018 at 21:44

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I think you are dead on! The author of this article does a great job explaining the word play and metaphor. Nice job!

Who Cares That it Was a Sycamore? Climbing Trees and Playing on Words in Luke 19.1-10

  • Your answer is short and sweet which is generally not a good sign however it does answer the question and the article itself is cogent and substantial so I hope no one holds the brevity against you. +1
    – Ruminator
    Sep 30, 2018 at 11:54
  • Thanks, I didn't think there was any point in me adding my two cents when the author of the article has done all the work.
    – alb
    Sep 30, 2018 at 21:23
  • It looks like it has since been accepted as the answer which is what I was hoping. Cheers.
    – Ruminator
    Sep 30, 2018 at 21:31

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