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Abraham's Bosom

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Unique phrase found in a parable of Jesus describing the place where Lazarus went after death (Luke 16:19-31 ). It is a figurative phrase that appears to have been drawn from a popular belief that the righteous would rest by Abraham's side in the world to come, an opinion described in Jewish literature at the time of Christ. The word kolpos [ Luke 23:43 ). Together these passages support the conviction that a believer enjoys immediate bliss at the moment of physical death.

Sam Hamstra, Jr.

See also Hades ; Paradise ; Sheol


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Baker's Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology. Edited by Walter A. Elwell
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Elwell, Walter A. Entry for 'Abraham's Bosom'. Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology. http://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/bed/a/abrahams-bosom.html. 1996.

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