Lazarus after his resurrection

In the Gospel of John chapter 11, Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead, and then Lazarus drops out of the story. But that hasn’t kept modern writers from using his “after life” as an imaginative springboard:

  • In A Grief Observed C. S. Lewis famously asked, “They call Stephen the first martyr. Hadn’t Lazarus the rawer deal?” because Lazarus had to die all over again.
  • Lewis expressed the same idea in a poem, “Stephen to Lazarus.”
  • In his short story “Lazarus,” Leonid Andreyev portrayed a Lazarus whose time on the other side of death left him dehumanized and smelling of death.
  • In her short-short story “To Sit in the Sun,” Joanna Leyland shows the resurrected Lazarus so changed by his experience that all he wants to do is “sit in the sun.”

If you know of other examples, please provide links in the comments.

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