This article investigates the references to the young man in two different, but related episodes
in Mark 14:51–52 and 16:5. First of all, it clarifies some exegetical questions in the two sections. It
then analyses the history of the interpretation of the young man in these two passages before it
discusses the nature of the coherence between the two passages in greater detail. To this end, the
article investigates shared motifs in the two narratives in the light of Mark’s literary techniques.
Finally, it compares the two episodes of the young man with the healing of the demoniac in
Mark 5, in order to reflect on the implications of reading these two passages together. These
implications are spelled out in terms of the powerful notion of transformation – a key theme in
biblical spirituality and central in Mark’s thought. This notion is developed as transformation in
recreation, love and glory.