Latest Issue

Lazarus is Dead

In this extract from his latest novel Richard Beard casts a "hyper-rational eye” on the Bible story of Lazarus rising from the dead

By Richard Beard   July 2011

Richard Beard is director of The National Academy of Writing, and has been shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award. In his fifth novel Lazarus is Dead, from which this excerpt is taken, he sets out to bring “a hyper-rational eye” to the Bible story of Lazarus rising from the dead. He uses fictional sources (such as lives of the saints, paintings, and opera) to create a biography of Lazarus the man. He is not a Christian, but holds that “Christianity has a lot left in it for those interested in storytelling.” He adds: “The debate about Christianity has…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect