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The biblical tour of hell

Author: Matthew Ryan Hauge
Publisher: London : Bloomsbury, 2015. ©2013
Series: Library of New Testament studies, 485.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : [First paperback edition]View all editions and formats
Summary:
It is difficult to underestimate the significance of the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31 within the biblical tradition. Although hell occupies a prominent position in popular Christian rhetoric today, it plays a relatively minor role in the Christian canon. The most important biblical texts that explicitly describe the fate of the dead are in the Synoptic Gospels. Yet among these passages, only  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Matthew Ryan Hauge
ISBN: 9780567662569 056766256X
OCLC Number: 936970136
Notes: Originally published: 2013.
Description: xiii, 204 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Part I. Introduction --
Part II. The Hypnosis of Hugo Gressmann --
Part III. Mimesis Criticism and Early Christian Narrative --
Part IV. The Tours of Hell Tradition --
Part V. The Biblical Tour of Hell --
Part VI. Conclusion.
Series Title: Library of New Testament studies, 485.
Responsibility: Matthew Ryan Hauge.

Abstract:

It is difficult to underestimate the significance of the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31 within the biblical tradition. Although hell occupies a prominent position in popular Christian rhetoric today, it plays a relatively minor role in the Christian canon. The most important biblical texts that explicitly describe the fate of the dead are in the Synoptic Gospels. Yet among these passages, only the Lukan tradition is intent on explicitly describing the abode of the dead; it is the only biblical tour of hell. Hauge examines the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31, uniquely the only 'parable' that is set within a supernatural context. The parables characteristically feature concrete realities of first-century Mediterranean life, but the majority of Luke 16:19-31 is narrated from the perspective of the tormented dead. This volume demonstrates that the distinctive features of the story of the Rich Man and Lazarus are the result of a strategic imitation, creative transformation, and Christian transvaluation of the descent of Odysseus into the house of hades in Odyssey Book 11, the literary model par excellence of postmortem revelation in antiquity. (Publisher).

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