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The Rich Man And Lazarus And Luke’S Eschatology

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How obvious, then, are the difficulties concerning the eschatological teaching in the Rich Man and Lazarus? In the light of the overall context of Luke-Acts, neither the emphasis on individual eschatology nor Jesus’ absence from the eschatological action are unique features. Eschatology has been a prominent theme in Lukan studies ever since the dawn of redaction criticism. According to some scholars, the individual strand of eschatology in Luke’s gospel is related to the delayed end. The belief that the dead experience their otherworldly fate immediately occurs frequently in Jewish writings. This implies that it was not an uncommon view in Luke’s time. The picture of Luke’s eschatology is, however, more complicated than this. There are also several references to a collective resurrection and judgment on the last day.

Keywords: Jewish writings; Lazarus; Luke-Acts; Luke’s eschatology; otherworldly fate; Rich Man



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