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B and B’ are interested.  In B, Jesus lists the final 6 of the ’10 commandments’.  In this list he places the 5th commandment (“Honor your father and mother”) in the 10th (last) position.  I think he does this to give it emphasis.  The commandment is given the final position in a list – a position of importance.  In B’, we find 2 small reflective chiasmi, where “father and mother” and “mother” are at the center of the chiasmi – once again, in a chiasmus, a position of emphasis.  …  In both B and B’, father and mother recieve positional emphasis.   In my opinion, this is, in part, because the author wants to emphasis the overall B/B’ chiastic match.    In both B and B’, the importance of mother and father are emphasized.  A match – and idea or theme – is made clearer. 

Related to the above, I do find it interesting that in the second mini-chiasmus in B’, “father” is left out.  I’m not sure how important this is.  For me, it’s at least interesting.  Why would Mark leave it out? 

The center section is strong.  God is needed when it comes to salvation.  I assume this is a reference to the need of the cross – the crux of the matter.



A    17  And as He was setting out on a journey, a man ran up to Him and knelt before Him, and began asking Him, “Good Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?

B    18  And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good? No one is good except God alone.  19  “You know the commandments, ‘DO NOT MURDER, DO NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, DO NOT STEAL, DO NOT BEAR FALSE WITNESS, Do not defraud, HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.'”  20  And he said to Him, “Teacher, I have kept all these things from my youth up.” 

C    21  And looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him, and said to him, “One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess, and give to the poor, and you shall have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.”  22  But at these words his face fell, and he went away grieved, for he was one who owned much property.

D    23  And Jesus, looking around, said^ to His disciples, “How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!”  24  And the disciples were amazed at His words. 

But Jesus answered^ again and said^ to them, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God!  25  “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”  26  And they were even more astonished and said to Him,

…  “Then who can be saved?”  27  Looking upon them, Jesus said^, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”

C’   28  Peter began to say to Him, “Behold, we have left everything and followed You.” 

B’   29  Jesus said, “Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left  (a)  house or  (b)  brothers or sisters or  (c)  mother or father or  (b’)  children or  (a’)  farms, for My sake and for the gospel’s sake,  30  but that he shall receive a hundred times as much now in the present age,  (a)  houses and  (b)  brothers and sisters and  (c)  mothers and  (b’)  children and  (a’)  farms, along with persecutions;

A’   and in the age to come, eternal life.

31  “But many who are  (a)  first, will be  (b)  last; and the  (b’)  last,  (a’)  first.”


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