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Summary Of Part Four

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Many studies on Luke emphasize the role of eschatology and its significance for the writer of the double work. Eschatology is, after all, a category of later theology and it is questionable whether we can use the concept at all when discussing an ancient text; certainly we should not expect to find a particular eschatological doctrine in it. The eschatology in the story of the Rich man and Lazarus with its message of an immediate retribution after death is often seen peculiar in the broader context of Luke’s double work. The tension between this kind of individual eschatology and a collective eschatological view with a general judgment at the end of time has been solved either by labeling one or the other view as traditional or by reading the story as a report of an intermediate state where the souls are waiting for the final consummation.

Keywords: eschatology; Lazarus; Luke’s double work; Rich man

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