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


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

Luke’s story of the Rich Man and Lazarus aims at giving a paradigmatic model of how to live one’s life and at exhorting the hearers to repentance. According to the story, the otherworldly fate is experienced immediately after death. Different people face different fates in the hereafter. These compensate for the inequality experienced on earth. The good fate means blessed existence with the patriarchs and other holy figures. The evil fate is torment, described as punishment with burning flames and unquenchable thirst. Comparison with other Hellenistic stories shows that the different elements in Luke’s account are indeed well-rooted in this cultural matrix, its worldview and its beliefs concerning life after death. Similar elements occur in several descriptions in both Greek and Jewish writings. These different accounts contain numerous counterparts for both the basic structures and the details of Luke’s story.

Keywords: evil fate; good fate; Greek writings; Hellenistic stories; Jewish writings; Lazarus; Luke’s story; otherworldly fate; 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