Cookies Policy

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

Summary Of Part Two

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this chapter

+ Tax (if applicable)

Chapter Summary

Belief in differentiated fates after death, bliss for the good and punishment for the wicked, was commonly held in Hellenistic and Roman times, as attested in several sources, both pagan and Jewish. This kind of division among the dead forms the basic core of afterlife in Luke’s story of the Rich Man and Lazarus. The survey of Greco-Roman sources shows that ideas concerning the afterlife were varied. The earliest evidence, the Homeric epics, depicts an undifferentiated death: everybody dies and shares the equal fate of a shadowy life in Hades. The belief in a personal afterlife becomes a salient feature of apocalyptic eschatology. The very idea of the possibility of transcending death is the most distinct marker between apocalyptic and prophetic eschatology, even though the boundaries between these two categories are not clear-cut. Instead of a sharp polarity, “apocalyptic” and “prophetic” should be understood as being on the same continuum.

Keywords: apocalyptic eschatology; differentiated fates; Greco-Roman sources; Hades; Homeric epics; Lazarus; Luke’s story; personal afterlife; Rich Man



Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
    The Afterlife Imagery in Luke's Story of the Rich Man and Lazarus — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation