Abraham's Bosom
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Abraham's Bosom


booz'-um (kolpos Abraam; kolpoi Abraam): Figurative. The expression occurs in Luke 16:22, 23, in the parable of the Rich Man and Lazarus, to denote the place of repose to which Lazarus was carried after his death. The figure is suggested by the practice of the guest at a feast reclining on the breast of his neighbor. Thus, John leaned on the breast of Jesus at supper (John 21:20). The rabbis divided the state after death (Sheol) into a place for the righteous and a place for the wicked (see ESCHATOLOGY OF THE OLD TESTAMENT; SHEOL); but it is doubtful whether the figure of Jesus quite corresponds with this idea. "Abraham's bosom" is not spoken of as in "Hades," but rather as distinguished from it (Luke 16:23)-a place of blessedness by itself. There Abraham receives, as at a feast, the truly faithful, and admits them to closest intimacy. It may be regarded as equivalent to the "Paradise" of Luke 23:43. See HADES; PARADISE.

James Orr

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Abraham's Bosom

In Luke 16:22, Lazarus is said to have been carried to Abraham's bosom, that is, to the state of bliss in paradise which the father of the faithful was enjoying. This is often represented by a feast, by sitting down to a banquet, Matthew 8:11 Luke 13:29. To lie on one's bosom refers to the oriental mode of reclining at table, John 13:23. See EATING.


Abraham's Bosom --What it Means.
... Book IV. Chapter 24."Abraham's Bosom"What It Means. As to your supposing
that "the Abraham's bosom referred to is corporeal," and ...
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Whether the Limbo of Hell is the Same as Abraham's Bosom?
WHERE SOULS ARE Whether the limbo of hell is the same as Abraham's bosom? ...
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Moses, Allowing Divorce, and Christ Prohibiting It, Explained John ...
... case will be also of use to me in illustrating the subsequent parable of the rich
man [4837] tormented in hell, and the poor man resting in Abraham's bosom. ...
/.../the five books against marcion/chapter xxxiv moses allowing divorce and.htm

He Retires to the Villa of his Friend Verecundus, who was not yet ...
... in Africa, when his whole household had been brought to Christianity through him,
didst Thou release from the flesh; and now he lives in Abraham's bosom. ...
/.../augustine/the confessions and letters of st/chapter iii he retires to the.htm

A Detached Account of the Descent into Hell.
... the right, towards that part which really constituted Limbo; and there he met the
soul of the good thief which angels were carrying to Abraham's bosom, as also ...
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Whether Christ Went Down into the Hell of the Lost?
... clxiv): "If the sacred Scriptures had said that Christ came into Abraham's bosom,
without naming hell or its woes, I wonder whether any person would dare to ...
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On the Words of the Gospel, Luke x. 16, "He that Rejecteth You ...
... answered. For he goes on to say, "It came to pass that that poor man died,
and was carried by the Angels into Abraham's bosom. The ...
/.../sermons on selected lessons of the new testament/sermon lii on the words.htm

Second Great Group of Parables.
... soothing his sores with their saliva.] 22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died,
and that he was carried away by the angels into Abraham's bosom [it is the ...
/.../mcgarvey/the four-fold gospel/xcii second great group of 6.htm

Christ's Millennial and Heavenly Glory in Company with his Saints.
... to the Jews their primitive condition, with the recovery of their country; and after
this life's course is over, repose in Hades [3436] in Abraham's bosom. ...
/.../the five books against marcion/chapter xxv christs millennial and heavenly.htm

The Rich Man and Lazarus.
... And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham's
bosom: the rich man also died and was buried; and in hell he lift up ...
/.../christianbookshelf.org/arnot/the parables of our lord/xxvi the rich man and.htm



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