Is “Hell” Actually Biblical?

Hortus_Deliciarum_-_HellBear with me here. Our modern concept of Hell has nothing to do with the Bible. We have a 14th century epic poem named “Inferno” by Dante Alighieri to thank for that.
The Biblical words often translated as “Hell” are “Hades” and “Sheol”. These simply meant the domain of the dead in Greek and Hebrew respectively. It was where both good and bad people were thought to go when they died. What about the name, “Gehenna”? That was the name of the Jerusalem city dump. Clearly, Jesus was using it metaphorically.

This entry was posted in Bible and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.