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Previous Research And Its Evaluation

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Earlier scholarship on the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus has largely concentrated on three questions. The first concerns its unity, the second its extra-biblical parallels, and the third its authenticity. These questions, posed for the first time at the end of the nineteenth century, have dominated the field ever since. These three questions still dominate the overall discussion on the Rich Man and Lazarus, even though, in recent years, the traditional questions have given way to new approaches that concentrate solely on the textual level of the story. Thus, in order to clarify author's own position, the author briefly evaluates the discussion on all these points, although his own focus is on the last question concerning the cultural background of the story.

Keywords: authenticity; extra-biblical parallels; Lazarus; Luke’s story; nineteenth century; Rich Man; unity



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