The Rich Man and Lazarus: afterlife or radical reversal?

In this short video I outline some of the key contextual points needed to understand how the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus was used in Luke’s Gospel in order to summon the wealthy Pharisees unto repentance in light of the coming reversal of the kingdom of God’s judgment upon the faithless descendants of Abraham. In the end, I do not think that Luke regarded this parable as a teaching of Jesus about the specifics of the afterlife.


7 thoughts on “The Rich Man and Lazarus: afterlife or radical reversal?

  1. Dustin, How does this verse counter the judgement you are claiming? Tim
    Romans 8:1 There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

    1. I’m not sure what you are trying to ask. I was trying to demonstrate that the parable taught a radical reversal for the rich and true membership into the family of Abraham for those outcasts who turn to Jesus.

      1. Romans 8:1 only became available after pentecost when Cornelius believed, The MYSTERY.:.Colossians 1:27 To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: I am trying and do now understand that now the outcast are welcome back.

  2. The outcasts within the Synoptic Gospels were socially and religiously considered by many to be outside of God’s salvation, despite having been born into the family of Israel. Jesus goes out of his way to minister and evangelize the gospel of the kingdom to these outcasts, thereby changing their status. My original video had nothing to do with Pauline theology or his understandings of justification.

    1. Where and to whom are these outcast and who are the other epistles, Peters, James, Jude and John actually written for. Do you consider today’s Yazidis and Kurds as the outcast descendants? And, Apostle Pauls was writing; Galatians 1:12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? but we have the mind of Christ.

  3. It is a fascinating parable, but you should read in-depth scholarship about it, The Biblical Tour of Hell (The Library of New Testament Studies) by Matthew Ryan Hauge See also this discussion that questions the whole raising of Lazarus episode in the fourth Gospel which appears to be based on non-historical tales in earlier Gospels:

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