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There are a number of views on these brothers and the specific meaning of this passage. We'll try to focus on just the brothers and not the passage, which has a long standing debate around whether it is even a parable or an actual account. First, we shouldn't be focused on there being five brothers. There are six. The man in torment has five brothers, ...


They are members of Dives family. Their names are not significant details. The point is simple enough- Dives doesn't want his family to end up in the torment he is in. I have little doubt that Gregory of Nyssa has an analogical meaning for them, but that would be the opinion of one man only. There is no consensus or tradition around them.


The first verse that comes to my mind is in Genesis 18:12- Therefore Sarah laughed within herself, saying, After I am waxed old shall I have pleasure, my lord being old also? This is the only verse I can really remember in this context, and it is probably what Peter is referring to.

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