The Lower Parts of the Earth

There is Elam and all her multitude, All around her grave, All of them slain, fallen by the sword, Who have gone down uncircumcised to the lower parts of the earth, Who caused their terror in the land of the living; Now they bear their shame with those who go down to the Pit.

(Ezekiel 32:24) NKJV

The lower parts of the Earth, or nether parts, is one of several phrases which describe physical features of the interior of the Earth that we can assign to the mantle.

One of the questions that most Christians avoid is, what happened to the Old Testament saints when they died? They couldn’t go to heaven because it was before the crucifixion and the propitiation hadn’t been paid for their redemption.


We all have the same evidence. Our choice of paradigm determines what we think it’s evidence of.

Matty’s Razor

The OT saints went into Sheol, a word used to refer to the underworld realm of the dead. Part of sheol is a chamber in the lower mantle which we euphemistically refer to as Abraham’s bosom. The lower mantle is one of the regions of the internal structure of the Earth which we can deduce from seismological data.

We spend the month of March deducing how the Hebrew words erets, sheol and tebel are modified. It turns out that they can be resolved into logical groupings which correspond to the 4 major regions of the interior of the Earth. We euphemistically call them the levels of hell, but this has no similarity to the way that they’re described in Dante’s Inferno.

Levels of Hell

Grave (sheol)
Pit (sahat/bowr)
Earth (erets)World (tebel)
Crustsheoleretstebel
Mantlemibbeten sheol
tavek sheol
yerekah bowr
tachti erets
erets tachti
mowcadah tebel
Great Gulf
(outer core)
bad sheolerets beriach
matsuq erets
mayim tachath erets
Core
(inner core)
sheol tachti
tachti erets
bowr, shachath
missahat beli
mowcadar erets
– The levels of hell correspond to the four zones of the interior of the Earth.

Faith is believing in something that you can’t see, because of evidence.

– Faith, definition

The following table contains all of the ways that the Bible refers to physical features of the mantle. Included in the list is the lower parts of the Earth, a synonym for the nether parts of the Earth.

Biblical Features of the Mantle

UsageTransliterationScriptureMarch
Post
Abraham’s BosomkolposLuke 16:2216
Belly of hellmibbeten sheolJonah 2:216
Bottoms of the mountainsqetseb harJonah 2:616
Chambers of deathchadrei mavethProverbs 7:27
Foundations of the hillsmowcadar harPsalms 18:717
Foundations of the mountainsmowcadar harDeut. 32:2217
Foundations of the worldmowcadah tebelPsalms 18:1517
GravesheolEzekiel 31:1619
Lower parts of the Earthtachti eretsEzekiel 32:2418
Midst of helltavek sheolEzekiel 32:2119
Nether parts of the Eartherets tachtiEzekiel 26:2018
Sides of the pityerekah bowrEzekiel 32:2120
– Physical features of the Mantle in Scripture

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