hell


hell
The English word is used misleadingly in older versions to translate the Hebrew sheol, the Aramaic Gehenna, and the Greek Hades. Normally the word is understood to denote a place of eternal torment, especially by fire (Isa. 66:24), for those who are irredeemably wicked (Rev. 21:8) and it is confusing that the word also designates the place of rest or waiting, and not of agonizing pain, for the departed, which is the meaning of the word ‘Hades’ in Rev. 20:13 and also in the clause of the Church's creed which asserts that Christ ‘descended into hell’ after the crucifixion. This is a belief based on 1 Pet. 3:19, which may well be a Christian appropriation of ancient redemption myths of the descent of deities to the underworld (Orpheus and Eurydice, Persephone, etc.); in the NT context it is an assertion in terms of the belief that Christ's mission is universal—it extends even to those who died before the incarnation.

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  • hell — hell …   Kölsch Dialekt Lexikon

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  • Hell — • Hell (infernus) in theological usage is a place of punishment after death Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. hell     Hell     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

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  • hell — (hĕl) n. 1. Christianity a) often Hell The place of eternal punishment for the wicked after death, often imagined as being presided over by Satan and his devils. b) A state of separation from God; exclusion from God s presence. 2. The abode of… …   Word Histories

  • hell — ► NOUN 1) a place regarded in various religions as a spiritual realm of evil and suffering, often depicted as a place of perpetual fire beneath the earth to which the wicked are sent after death. 2) a state or place of great suffering. ►… …   English terms dictionary

  • hell — See: COME HELL OR HIGH WATER, GO THROUGH HELL AND HIGH WATER, HELL ON WHEELS, LIKE HELL, TO HELL WITH, UNTIL HELL FREEZES OVER, WHEN HELL FREEZES OVER …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hell — See: COME HELL OR HIGH WATER, GO THROUGH HELL AND HIGH WATER, HELL ON WHEELS, LIKE HELL, TO HELL WITH, UNTIL HELL FREEZES OVER, WHEN HELL FREEZES OVER …   Dictionary of American idioms

  • hell — [hel] n. [ME helle < OE hel (akin to Ger hölle, hell & ON Hel, the underworld goddess, HEL) < base of helan, to cover, hide < IE base * k̑el , to hide, cover up > L celare, to hide] 1. [often H ] Bible the place where the spirits of… …   English World dictionary