Most of those acquainted with their Bible have heard about the rich, young ruler. He came to Jesus and asked him what he should do to inherit eternal life. He received the surprising answer – to sell all that he had and follow Christ! At this, he went away sad because he had great possessions.
So the story goes in most people’s mind. The problem is that there may be no rich, young ruler. The “rich, young ruler” arises from an unwarranted conflation of these three passages by defective biblical exegesis in which the persons in these three Gospel accounts in Mat 19, Mk 10 and Lk 18 have been rolled into one person. The ruler was rich Lk 18:18,23 but we do not know if he was young Mat 19:20. The differences in these and similar accounts in the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke) is known as the Synoptic Problem, a problem created by unbelieving biblical textual critics, and now you can read about the Synoptic Solution.
There is more than one rich man involved in this incident; in fact, there are three! Further, one of them may have been Saul of Tarsus, although this cannot be proven. If you want to know more, click to download Rich Young Ruler and read on.
This is the first instalment of my commentary on the Holy Bible posted online.
There is discussion in the comments section below.
30 May 2018: The downloadable PDF referenced above mentions Paul’s miscarrying in 1Cor 15:8. I have discussed this here, where I have given a summary of the main points to note in the PDF.