The Agora
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Rich man and Lazarus, paraphrase

There was a certain nation (Israel) which was a privileged kingdom of priests, receiving great blessings from God.

And there was a certain class around them, outside the bonds of their covenant, who desired to share God's favor, since they were suffering from sin and death. And their neighbors, the Jews, could give them no relief.

And these Gentiles died, and were later raised to eternal life with Abraham in God's kingdom.

But Israel was destroyed from being a nation, and suffered persecutions and trials. Because they had refused to hear God, God refused to hear their cries or ease their sufferings.

All this happened because they refused to believe the one who was raised from the dead.

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