The Lost Parable


This Matthean parable is only found in a few ancient manuscripts. I am fairly sure that the current scholarship regards it as the original parable, upon which Luke rewrote his parable of the rich young man. Finding the latter preferable, Matthew’s parable was later changed to match that of the historian. I still prefer this one.

The Tired Young Mother

And behold, a woman came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to her, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18  She said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young woman said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to her, “If you would be perfect, go, read to your children every time they retrieve a book and pester you relentlessly about reading it to them for the hundredth time, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When the young woman heard this she went away sorrowful, for her children had many books.

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