The only character to be given a name in Jesus' parables (Luke 16: 19–31) where he is the archetypal beggar in contrast with Dives, a billionnaire, who is given no name—though often referred to as Dives.

The brother of Mary and Martha who lived at Bethany; he was raised from the dead by Jesus although he (Jesus) deliberately delayed his response to the sisters' call for help (John 11). Because Lazarus is said to be ‘loved’ by Jesus, he has been identified by a few commentators as the ‘beloved disciple’ who wrote the fourth gospel (John 21: 24), but the view has not attracted much support.