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Jesus’ friend in Bethany whom He restored back to life. Lazarus was the brother of Mary and Martha (John 11:1–44; John 12:1).
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The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
LAZARUS (PERSON) [Gk Lazaros (Λαζαρος)]. The name of Lazarus, an abbreviated transcription of El-azar (“God helps”), appears in the NT only in the gospel of John and a short parable in Luke 16:19–31. It is the only proper name to appear in a NT parable attributed to Jesus. The Lazarus of the parable
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Lazarus. 1. Lazarus the beggar. In one of Jesus’ most familiar parables (Lk 16:19–31), he contrasted the earthly circumstances of a beggar named Lazarus with that of a nameless rich man. From the adjective for “rich” in the Latin Vulgate the rich man came to be called in English “Dives.” The rich man
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
1. A man in a parable Jesus told (Lk. 16:19–31) to teach that people’s conduct on this side of the grave determines their situations after death. This parable follows a story common in Egyptian and Jewish thought, in which the wicked rich and the pious poor have their positions reversed in the afterlife.
Lazarus[Gk Lazaros < Heb. laʿzār, a rabbinic abbreviation of ʾelʿāzār—‘God has helped’].
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
LAZARUS1. Lazarus the beggar. In one of Jesus’ most familiar parables (Lk 16:19–31), he contrasted the earthly circumstances of a beggar named Lazarus with that of a nameless rich man. From the adjective for “rich” in the Latin Vulgate, the rich man came to be called in English “Dives.” The rich man
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Lazarus (laz´uh-ruhs).1 A character in a parable told by Jesus in Luke 16:19–31. The mere fact that he has a name is notable, since he is the only character in any of Jesus’s parables to be named. In the parable, Lazarus is a poor man who dies outside the gate of a rich man and is carried by angels
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Traditional tomb of Lazarus at Bethany. HFVLAZARUS. An abbreviated form of the Heb. name Eleazar (meaning “God has helped”).1. In the story of the rich man (Lk 16:19–31) the beggar is named Lazarus, who died and went to Abraham’s bosom, whereas the unnamed rich man departed to Hades. The story teaches
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
LAZARUS. The name Lazarus is an abbreviation of the name Eleazar, which was the fourth most common male name among Palestinian Jews in the period 300 bc–ad 200. So it is not surprising that the name Lazarus is borne by two characters in the NT: one a character in a parable (Lk. 16:19–31), the other a
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Lazarus (Gk. Lázaros)A common Jewish name (Heb. ʾel-ʿāzār, “God helps”). Luke 16:19–31 reports a parable by Jesus regarding the contrasting eternal fates of a poor Lazarus (the only named character in Jesus’ parables) and a rich man. A pivotal section of the Gospel of John (John 11:1–12:11) presents
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Lazarus [lăzˊə rəs] (Gk. Lazaros; cf. Heb. ˒el˓āzār “God has helped”).
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
LazarusThe Greek name Lazaros is a transliteration of the contracted form of the Aramaic name, ʾel ʿāzār, meaning “God helps” or “God has helped.” The name appears in John 11; 12:1, 10 and Luke 16:20–31. The Johannine context is the well-known raising of Lazarus, while the Lukan passage is a parable.*
Catholic Bible Dictionary
LAZARUS (Hebrew, “God helps”) The name of two men in the New Testament, one a character in a parable and the other a friend of Jesus. It is possible that the two are really the same person, though decisive evidence is lacking to confirm the identification.1. The name of a poor man who appears in a parable