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What The Hell? December 2, 2010

Some Quotes from Bert Gary’s Blog:

Hell is number one in the playbook for much of modern evangelism. I’ve made clear (in the linked article), the words Sheol, Hades, Gehenna, and Tartarus have been but should not have been translated into English as “hell” in the first place. No biblical mention of Sheol, Hades, Gehenna, or Tartarus is in reference to the afterlife.


It’s not appreciated the extent to which Jesus used poetic pictures in his teaching. Let me demonstrate by showing you Jesus’ best known quotes about [hell].


Gehenna—geenna {pronounced gheh’-en-nah}—occurs only a dozen times in the New Testament. The term is a Greek transliteration of the Hebrew words ge hinnom meaning the “Valley of Hinnom,” or ge bene hinnom meaning “the valley of the sons of Hinnom.” (ISBE) Yes, it’s a real valley. It’s downhill from the southern wall of the Old City of Jerusalem. I’ve been there many times. I’ve explored its length. The valley was notorious for two things:

[You’ll want to read ALL of this article! Click:  Bert’s Blog.]


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