Exegesis of Mark 10:17-31 Essay

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Lexington Bennett
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Exegesis Paper
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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As Mann notes in the Anchor Bible Commentary for Mark, the Markan version of the narrative “comes with details from a source more informed” and uses a diction “more independent” than the other two (398). Mann also notes, though, that calling this pericope “The Rich Young Ruler” is misleading as the detail of the man being young comes in Matthew and the detail of this man being a ruler is exclusively in Luke, but Mark’s source should be more informed (398).
Mark 10:17-31 talks about one aspect of what it really means to be a disciple of Christ: giving up wealth, home, and family and taking on persecution. When the rich man comes to Christ and says, “What must I do?” (vs 17), Christ lists offs what is, in essence, commandments given to Moses. Although Christ’s saying of “do not defraud” in verse 19 is not part of the Decalogue, the phrase very well may mean the same as “do not steal” and thus is still a continuation of the Ten Commandments given on Mount Sinai (Mann 400). The inclusion of the Ten Commandments in this pericope reaffirms that keeping this Law is still important and necessary for entrance into the Kingdom of Heaven (Mann 400).
It is true that Mark 10:17-19 remind the Christian Audience that the Ten Commandments are still essential for eternal life. However in the subsequent verses of this pericope, Christ notes that this is not merely enough; one must also give up riches. Not only is keeping the Ten

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