The Rich Young Ruler Story: Personal Application

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God will probably test our commitment to him at its weakest, most vulnerable point or points, those areas in our lives that we have made more important than him.

Revised: 13-May-2013

In 1993 I edited an article on the Rich Young Ruler story (Matt 19:16-30; Mark 10:17-31; Luke 18:18-30) that was published as “Jerusalem Synoptic Commentary Preview: The Rich Young Ruler Story,” Jerusalem Perspective 38 & 39 (May-Aug. 1993): 3-31. The article included a conjectured Hebrew reconstruction of the story, along with an English translation and commentary.

Collective research on this Gospel passage began in 1986-1987 when sixteen scholars, members of the Jerusalem School of Synoptic Research and others, spent seventeen seminar sessions discussing this well-known story. Following the seminar’s conclusion, I continued working on the raw material generated by our discussions.

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To read more about the Rich Young Ruler story, check out the Life of Yeshua commentary on Rich Man Declines the Kingdom of Heaven.

This article originally appeared in issue 38/39 of the Jerusalem Perspective magazine. Click on the image above to view a PDF of the original magazine article.

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    David N. Bivin is founder and editor of Jerusalem Perspective. A native of Cleveland, Oklahoma, U.S.A., Bivin has lived in Israel since 1963, when he came to Jerusalem on a Rotary Foundation Fellowship to do postgraduate work at the Hebrew University. He studied at the Hebrew…
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