Tormented in Hades
The Rich Man and Lazarus (Luke 16:19–31) and Other Lucan Parables for Persuading the Rich to Repentance
Imprint: Pickwick Publications
"Employing a creative method that makes use of both literary criticism and social scientific analysis, John Szukalski's engaging study sheds new light on the Lucan parables. Written in a way that is accessible to students as well as scholars, this work provides a profitable way to read and understand these familiar stories."
--Frank J. Matera, The Catholic University of America
"Tormented in Hades is a sophisticated socio-narratological exploration of Luke's lover of money parables, with a particular focus on the rich man and Lazarus parable. A significant contribution to our understanding of Luke's characterization of the repentant and unrepentant rich, this book details Luke's coherent rhetorical strategy that challenges the wealthy to repent: the rich either choose to fulfill their obligations to help the poor or remain recalcitrant idolaters. Both choices have eternal consequences."
--David B. Gowler, Oxford College of Emory University
"Szukalski makes an excellent contribution to the study of the Lucan parables concerning the use of wealth. Using a socio-narratological approach, he opens up a new path for understanding how these parables, particularly that of the rich man and Lazarus, function to persuade those who are rich of the proper use of wealth and proper social relations. The challenge remains as potent today as in the time of Luke."
--Barbara E. Reid, Catholic Theological Union