Oh. Hell? The Medieval and Reformation eras

Continuing the look at hell, we now turn to the middle ages and the period of the reformation. The medieval West was committed to the doctrine of hell as everlasting separation from God and punishment for sin. Hell described in vivid but crude language was not...

Oh. Hell? The Patristics

One of the reasons I appreciate James Leo Garrett’s Systematic Theology: Biblical Historical and Evangelical (Vol 2) so much is that he takes us through a journey of not only biblical theology, but historical theology as well. Regarding the Patristic age of...

Oh. Hell? Exclusion, failure, and isolation.

In this post, I want to draw from Stanley Grenz’s book Theology for the Community of God. Grenz offers great insight into the New Testament’s view of hell by giving us three metaphors that encompass the totality of the the experience. He in the end, shows...

Oh. Hell? New Testament meaning and questions

In addition to gehenna, James Leo Garrett (James Leo Garrett,‚ Systematic Theology: Biblical Historical and Evangelical (Vol 2), 788-789)‚ notes four other words that express hell, or its meaning therein. Let’s take a look at these words and then correlate...

Oh. Hell? Gehenna

There are five words that are used in the New Testament to describe the final judgement of the unrighteous. The most frequent word in the New Testament that is rendered hell is gehenna. In this post, we will explore its use prior to the New Testament and then within...

Oh. Hell? The Old Testament

In looking at the Christian understanding of hell, a short exploration of the Old Testament concept of Sheol is necessary, though the Old Testament concept is limited in meaning and clarity. The Hebrews viewed death as ambiguous. Some Old Testament texts declared...

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