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Afterlife Imagery in Luke's Story of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Outi Lehtipuu) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2006) 9789004153011
Afterlife Imagery in Luke's Story of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Outi Lehtipuu) Hardcover Book, (Brill, 2006) 9789004153011
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Title: The Afterlife Imagery in Luke's Story of the Rich Man and Lazarus

Author: Lehtipuu, Outi

Publisher: Brill; Publication Date: 2006

Hardcover; ISBN: 9789004153011

Volumes: 1; Pages: xiv, 362

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Despite the keen scholarly interest in the Gospel parables, the afterlife scenery in the story of the rich man and Lazarus has often been overlooked. Using insights from the orality studies and intertextuality, the author places the Lukan description of the fate of the dead into the larger Hellenistic matrix, provided by a large number of Greco-Roman and Jewish sources, both literary and epigraphic.Moreover, she challenges several conventional stances in Lukan studies, such as tracing the original of the story to Egypt, or maintaining that eschatology is a key for understanding Luke's work and the purpose for writing it, or harmonizing Luke's eschatological thinking by positing an intermediate state between death and general resurrection. Thus, the book offers fresh insights both to the way the fate of the dead was understood in the ancient world and to the concept of Lukan eschatology.CONTENTSI INTRODUCTION1. The Problem2. Previous Research and Its Evaluation2.1. The Legacy of Jlicher and Gressmann2.2. The Key Issues in More Recent ResearchA Story Composed of Two Parts?An Original Teaching of Jesus?A Derivative of a Demotic Folktale?3. The Purpose of This StudyII DIVIDING THE DEAD: THE HELLENISTIC MATRIX4. Preliminary Remarks: From Fixed Parallels to Intertextuality5. Differentiated Fates in Greco-Roman Sources5.1. Death in the Homeric Epics5.2. Towards an Individual Treatment of the DeadRewards and Punishments after DeathThe Question of "Orphic Influence"5.3. Concepts of Afterlife in Hellenistic and Roman TimesPhilosophical Treatments of the Fate of the SoulThe Immortal Soul in Cicero, Pseudo-Plato, and Plutarch6. Differentiated Fates: Only an Elite View?6.1. The Ambiguity of the Epigraphic Sources6.2. Popular Views Reflected in Literary Sources7. Differentiated Fates in Jewish Sources7.1. The Fate of the Dead in the Hebrew Bible7.2. Apocalyptic Eschatology and Individual Afterlife1 Enoch 22Other ApocalypsesOther Accounts of Differentiated Fates7.3. Divergent Beliefs within First Century Judaism8. Summary of Part TwoIII LUKE'S DESCRIPTION OF THE HEREAFTER IN CONTEXT9. Preliminary Remarks: The Function of the Afterlife Scene10. The Structural Themes of the Story10.1. Reversal of Fates after DeathLucian: Death as the Great EqualizerEpistle of Enoch: Struggle between the Righteous and SinnersThe Finality of the Reversal10.2. Message from the World of the Dead11. Details of the Description11.1. Angels Escorting the Dead11.2. Abraham in the Hereafter11.3. Torment of the Rich Man, Consolation of Lazarus11.4. The Separating Chasm11.5. Bodily Existence12. Summary of Part ThreeIV AFTERLIFE IMAGERY IN LUKE-ACTS13. Preliminary Remarks: A Consistent Eschatological Scheme?14. The Rich Man and Lazarus and Luke's Eschatology14.1. Jesus' Role in the Eschatological Salvation14.2. Eschatology--Future or Present, Collective or IndividualResurrection--When and for Whom?15. The Fate of the Individual after Death15.1. Hades--Interim Abode or Final Destiny?Hades and Gehenna15.2. The Good Lot of the RighteousParadiseEternal HabitationsKingdom of God, Eternal Life, Heaven16. Summary of Part FourV CONCLUSIONSBIBLIOGRAPHYA. Texts, Translations, and Reference WorksB. Secondary Literature
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