Penitent Thief

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Penitent Thief:

see Good ThiefGood Thief
or Penitent Thief,
in the New Testament, the malefactor crucified with Jesus who did not revile Him; Jesus promised him Paradise that day. In the Roman martyrology his feast is Mar. 25. His name in tradition is Dismas or Desmas, that of the other thief Gesmas.
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Dimas, the penitent thief. A new bronze statue is here--a statue of St.
Out of this place she got the crown of thorns, the nails of the cross, the true Cross itself, and the cross of the penitent thief. When she thought she had found every thing and was about to stop, she was told in a dream to continue a day longer.
Guppy like a meanly penitent thief, "the person I was to have had the letters of, has come to a sudden end, and--" He stops.
The viewer enters the work along the left arm of the penitent thief, as if to complete the painting with his or her own body.
Dismas is the penitent thief crucified alongside Jesus Christ, who said, "Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom." Jesus replied to him, "I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise (Luke 23: 42-43, The Holy Bible)."
One memorable one: On the cross on Good Friday the penitent thief heard this comforting promise - Today you will be with me in paradise.
"Hanged in Shame, Standing in Glory: Life Lessons from the Thief on the Cross" offers the reader a closer examination of Christ's words to the penitent thief as recorded in the Gospel of Luke.
And he assured the penitent thief, crucified with him: "Today you shall be with me in Paradise." It's never too late to be forgiven.
Execution preachers increasingly exhorted condemned criminals to repent of their sins and employed Luke's account of the "penitent thief on the cross" to promote a last-minute gallows conversion (96).
A PENITENT thief called police to his jail cell to confess to 305 burglaries.
Dismas is the one described as the penitent thief,although he shows little evidence of penitence,and he was probably a Jewish terrorist rather than a thief.
What, for instance, is Luke's role in the story of the penitent thief and what does this say about what he wants his readers to understand through his telling of it?