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Lazarus
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, the name in the Gospels of (1) the poor man who finds compensation in Abraham’s bosom for the misery of this world (Luke, xvi, 19-31); and (2) the dead man whom Jesus raises to life (John, xi). The Ḳurʾān mentions neither the one nor the other, but among the miracles with which it credits Jesus is included the raising from the dead (III, 43/49). Muslim legend with its fondness for the miracle of resurrection is fond of telling of the dead whom Jesus revives, but rarely mentions Lazarus. Al-Ṭabarī in his Taʾrīk̲h̲ talks of these miracles in general. According to him, Hām b. Nūḥ is revived by Jes…

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Heller, B., “Lazarus”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 17 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_4657>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007



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