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Festschrift in Honor of Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi- Volume 2

Studies in the New Testament

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Edited By Tom Dykstra and Vahan Hovhanessian

This book, the second of three volumes dedicated to Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi, includes contemporary essays on the New Testament. The topics offer a rich array of exegetical studies related to the life and teachings of Jesus and the apostle Paul. Coming from America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe, the contributors to Volume 2 of the Festschrift in Honor of Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi have gathered to advance the scholarly vision of Professor Paul Nadim Tarazi.
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The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31), Rev. Fr. Aaron Warwick

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• REV. FR. AARON WARWICK •

The Parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19-31)

Introduction

The parable of the rich man and Lazarus (Lk 16:19-31) is a significant parable, found solely in the Gospel of Luke. Both patristic and modern scholars have dedicated significant time interpreting and preaching this parable. These commentators have generally agreed on the parable’s two basic themes: (1) the proper use of material wealth and possessions, and (2) the authority of Scripture. Despite this common interpretation,1 commentators are aware—sometimes mentioning explicitly—that their understanding is incomplete. Chrysostom noted: “Many before us have spoken on this [parable], and many also will speak after us; but no one will be able to empty all its wealth.”2 We wish to add to the wealth by re-examining the common interpretation of the parable and proposing a different approach.

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