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The Fate Of The Individual After Death

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This chapter presents a survey that has made clear that scholars do agree on the view that the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus describes an immediate fate after death. However, there is wide disagreement whether this immediate fate is final or only temporary, an intermediate state before the ultimate resurrection. The choice between these two alternatives is made on the basis of the overall understanding of Luke’s eschatological view. Usually scholars who envision Hades as a temporary abode also think that it is for all the dead while those who see Hades as a final dwelling place think that it is for the wicked only. To evaluate the alternatives, we have to take a closer look at what “Hades” means in other contemporary writings and also consider how it relates to other expressions for postmortem destinations Luke uses, such as Gehenna, paradise, “eternal habitations,” and others.

Keywords: eternal habitations; fate after death; Gehenna; Hades; Lazarus; Luke’s eschatological view; paradise; postmortem destinations; Rich Man



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