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Summary Of Part Three

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In the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus, no explicit reason is given for the reversal. The afterlife scene with its description of the torments of the rich man, the good lot of Lazarus, and the permanence of both fates serves Luke’s rhetoric of repentance. The exhortation to repent is aimed at those who resemble the rich man’s brothers. The reversal of fates between rich and poor also occurs in some writings. It is a favorite theme in many satires of Lucian of Samosata. In contrast to Luke’s account, Lucian’s poor are not especially rewarded but they find death a relief. The fate after death is permanent and cannot be changed in the otherworld. It is only after death that the rich man realizes that he failed to obey God’s will but it is too late for him to repent.

Keywords: afterlife scene; fates; God’s will; Lazarus; Lucian; Luke; reversal; Rich Man; Samosata



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