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This chapter explains the purpose of the book The Afterlife Imagery in Luke's Story of the Rich Man and Lazarus. The purpose of the book is to take a closer look at the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus, focusing especially on its afterlife scene. There are two basic questions the author wishes to ask concerning the otherworldly scene. The first one is its relation to the wider cultural context of the Hellenistic world. How does it relate to other descriptions of the fate of the dead in the ancient Mediterranean world? The second question is the relation of the Lukan description to the overall context in Luke-Acts. How does it fit Luke’s eschatological views and the other references to otherworldly fate in his double work? The author argues that the Lukan description coheres well with other Hellenistic descriptions of the afterlife.

Keywords: afterlife imagery; ancient Mediterranean world; Hellenistic world; Lazarus; Luke's story; Luke-Acts; Luke’s eschatological views; otherworldly scene; Rich Man



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