Date of Award


Degree Type

Master's Essay - Restricted

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




From the perspective of the Gospel of Mark, the Kingdom of God offers-- to the disciple of Jesus Christ--the possibility of life forever, whereas the possession of the kingdom of this world leads to death. Discipleship in "the way of Jesus" requires the disciple to become servant, relinquishing possessions, even dying to this life. Life lived out of this motivation enables the disciple of Jesus to gain life eternally. Mark does clearly develop in Chapters 8:22-10:56, as I shall seek to demonstrate in the course of this paper, the nature and conditions called for in Christian discipleship, from one who believes in and follows Jesus in any age. In Mark 10:17-22, in the account of the rich young man, lies the key to understanding the essence of discipleship "in the way of Jesus".