March 29

Hell: αδη – Hadés

And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

(Luke 16:23) KJV

We’ve made an extensive study of the ways in which the interior of the Earth is described in Old Testament Hebrew, but how is it described in New Testament Greek? The doctrine isn’t as well developed but it overlaps harmoniously.

The fact is that the internal structure of the Earth has been described so extensively in the Old Testament that it’s sufficient for the New Testament to refer to it. We’ll take a look at the main references.

The most recognizable word for hell in the new Testament is hades, well known in popular culture as the underworld realm of the dead. What we find, though, is that it’s used in a very similar way to how sheol is used in the Old Testament: it can be modified by other words or its context to refer to all parts of the interior of the earth, or the interior of the earth in general.

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