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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

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