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Ten Places to Write Stuff Down

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It's June 20. That means that 2018 is 46.8% history. Where has it gone?

I find that if I am not careful, then time (and everything that I do with it) evaporates and vanishes. One of the best ways I know to combat this is to write.

We actually …

Rich Man and Lazarus – Talmudic Background

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Much of the Jewish knowledge was passed from generation to generation orally. After the temple was destroyed in AD 70, the Jews wrote down the Mishnah, to codify Jewish perspectives of the Old Testament. The Mishnah was studied extensively by the Jews in Jerusalem and in Babylon. Each community later …

Rich Man and Lazarus – John the Baptist v Pharisees

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Between the parable of the unjust steward, and the parable of the rich man and Lazarus, there lies a brief passage of a few verses that seem unrelated to either of these parables.

And the Pharisees also, who were covetous, heard all these things: and they derided him. And he …

Rich Man and Lazarus – Parables of Luke 16

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Some scholars say that the parable of the Unjust Steward, told in Luke 16:1-13, is one of the most difficult passages in all of Scripture to interpret. In this parable, Jesus tells a scandalous story where a steward lowers the debts of his master's creditors for the selfish reason …

Rich Man and Lazarus – Parables of Luke 15

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In Luke 15 and 16, Jesus tells a set of five parables. Too often, when we read the gospels, much of the significance of what Jesus taught is lost because we pull his words out of context. The story of the Rich Man and Lazarus is the final parable in …

Rich Man and Lazarus – Who was the Rich Man?

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Jesus doesn't name the rich man, like he does Lazarus, but He does provide clues for us to discern his identity: rich man is clothed in purple and fine linen. Immediately before telling this story, Jesus is addressing the Pharisees. Since purple and fine linen are symbols of the priestly …

Rich Man and Lazarus – Was Lazarus a Real Person?

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If Luke 16:19-31 is a parable, then it is the only parable where Jesus gave one of the characters a name. Commenters often argue that the character of Lazarus was well known to Jesus' audience, and that they were more likely to receive this story as a literal telling …

Rich Man and Lazarus – Hades and Abraham's Bosom

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In the Old Testament, a place called Sheol is described as the common receptacle of both the righteous and the wicked when they die1:

  • wicked: Numbers 16:30-33, Psalm 9:17
  • righteous: Genesis 37:35; 42:38; 44:29, 31, 1 Kings 2:6, 9, Job 14:13; 17 …

Rich Man and Lazarus – Adventist Interpretation and Critique

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You can find summaries of the mainstream Adventist interpretation in various places:

Most of these commentaries follow this general outline …

Rich Man and Lazarus – Traditional Reading

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Before we can tackle some of the nuances in this parable, let's first read through this passage with a caricature of the traditional reading. I'm elaborating slightly to bring out some subtle nuances that you may not have noticed in the original reading.

There was a certain rich man, which …

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