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LAZAR

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Originally appearing in Volume V16, Page 312 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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LAZAR, one afflicted with the disease of leprosy (q.v.). The term is an adaptation in medieval Latin of the name of Lazarus (q.v.), in Luke xvi. 20, who was supposed to be a leper. The word was not confined to persons suffering from leprosy; thus Caxton (The Life of Charles the Great, 37), " there atte laste were guarysshed and heled viij lazars of the palesey."
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THERE IS AN AMAZING FICTION BOOK BY AUTHOR MARK ANDREW OLSEN CALLED "THE ASSIGNMENT" IN WHICH THE ORDER OF ST LAZAR'S SOLE FUNCTION WAS TO PROTECT LAZARUS WHOM WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD BY JESUS. SINCE IN THE NEW TESTAMENT PAUL STATES THAT IT IS APPOINTED TO MAN ONCE TO DIE, THAN HAVING ALREADY DIED IN LAZARUS'S CASE THE QUESTION IS RAISED IN THE READER'S MIND OF THIS FICTIONAL ACCOUNT CAN LAZARUS WHO DIED AND WAS RAISED AGAIN BY JESUS EXPERIENCE DEATH AGAIN SINCE IT IS APPOINTED TO ALL MEN "ONCE" TO DIE? THIS WAS THE BASIS OF THE FICTION NOVEL IN WHICH LAZARUS NEVER DIES BUT IS BURIED ALIVE AND RECOVERED 40 SOME ODD YEARS LATER. HIS MISSION AND LIFE'S PURPOSE IN "THE ASSIGNMENT" IS TO BANISH THE ENEMY (SATAN, REFERED TO IN THE BOOK AS "THE DESTROYER") TO HELL AND HE ENCOUNTERS MANY OBSTACLES TO SAY THE LEAST AND MANY "DEATHS" WHICH ARE NOT REALLY DEATHS AT ALL. IT IS AN AMAZING CONCEPT TO THINK ON
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