The Rich Young Ruler Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… 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 …show more content…
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