alexander at oldernes.no
Tue Mar 14 09:05:58 EST 2006
The Hebrew equivalent of the Greek word hades is $)WL (SHeOL).
Sheol is continually associated with death and not life. (1Sa 2:6; 2Sa 22:6; Ps 18:4, 5; 49:7-10, 14, 15; 88:2-6; 89:48; Isa 28:15-18; also compare Ps 116:3, 7-10 with 2Co 4:13, 14.)
Job 10:21 speaks of death as "the land of darkness" and Psalm 115:17 as a place of "silence". Ecclesiastes 9:4-6,10 shows that the dead has no conscious.
Regarding Sheol, the Encyclopaedia Britannica (1971, Vol. 11, p. 276) noted: "Sheol was located somewhere 'under' the earth. . . . The state of the dead was one of neither pain nor pleasure. Neither reward for the righteous nor punishment for the wicked was associated with Sheol. The good and the bad alike, tyrants and saints, kings and orphans, Israelites and gentiles-all slept together without awareness of one another."
Since $)WL refers to a common grave for mankind, the word "hell" is not a good translation, since "hell" suggests a contrast with "heaven" as a dwelling-place of the righteous after death.
When Jonah was in the belly of the fish, he called it "the belly of Sheol" (NJB), since he was as good as dead.
I haven't found any info about a geographical place named Hades or Sheol, if that is what you are asking about.
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