The Lehmann Discontinuity

saying, “I called out to the LORD, out of my distress, and he answered me; out of the belly of Sheol I cried, and you heard my voice.

(Jonah 2:2) ESV

Sheol, it turns out, is a lot of things. There’s a midst of sheol, a belly of sheol and a lowest sheol. The Hebrew word is modified in logical groupings that correspond to the regions of the interior of the Earth.

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March 19

The Midst of Sheol

The mighty chiefs shall speak of them, with their helpers, out of the midst of Sheol: ‘They have come down, they lie still, the uncircumcised, slain by the sword.’

(Ezekiel 32:21) ESV

Sheol is the Hebrew word which was translated hell. Newer translations don’t translate it, they leave it as it is acknowledging that no one in their right mind today believes that hell is at the center of the Earth.

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My Soul Fainted

When my soul fainted within me I remembered the LORD: and my prayer came in unto thee, into thine holy temple.

(Jonah 2:7) KJV

Jonah’s soul faints from the shock of realizing that his life is over and he must spend forever in the belly of hell at the bottoms of the mountains, a chamber in the lower mantle overlooking the molten core of Earth.

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The Bottoms of the Mountains

I went down to the bottoms of the mountains; the earth with her bars was about me for ever: yet hast thou brought up my life from corruption, O LORD my God.

(Jonah 2:6) KJV

Jonah wakes up in the underworld realm of the dead, sheol. From his vantage point he can see across a chasm of open space between the lower mantle, stretching out above him, and the surface of hell down below.

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Abraham’s Bosom

So it was that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels to Abraham’s bosom. The rich man also died and was buried. And being in torments in Hades, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

“Then he cried and said, ‘Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.’ But Abraham said, ‘Son, remember that in your lifetime you received your good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and you are tormented. And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’

(Luke 16:22-26) NKJV

In Luke 16:19-31 Jesus gave us the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. Lazarus is said to have been in Abraham’s bosom. That simply means that Abraham was giving Lazarus a hug, comforting him.

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