Exegesis of Mark 10:17-31 Essay

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Lexington Bennett
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Exegetical Analysis of Mark 10:17-31

17 As he was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, ‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ 18Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. 19You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.” ’ 20He said to him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.’ 21Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come
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The Book of Mark is one of the four gospels in the New Testament and one of the three synoptic gospels, and it is described as a historical narrative (Mueller 66). Thematically, the story of the Rich Young Ruler is consistent with the common theme in this book: the lack of understanding about Jesus and Jesus’ teachings (Mueller 69). More specifically, this passage discusses wealth, but in the way of sacrificing all types of wealth to achieve the ultimate goal of entering into the Kingdom of God or gaining eternal life. Though today’s audience might not be as well prepared to receive the same message as Mark intended, in today’s time, the story of the “Rich Young Ruler” can be used to imply that achieving eternal life is not about the act of giving up worldly riches but rather the act of sacrifice for God.
The genre of this specific pericope is best described as a narrative (Mann 398). This narrative is seen not only here in Mark but also in Luke 18:18-30 and Matthew 19:16-30. Thus, though the Markan story is written by Mark, it does not stand alone. The Book…

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