Series 2 - Lesson 11 - Annotation 17
Give the meaning of the words translated "hell" in the Bible.
17. "Hell" as used in the Bible represents a state of consciousness, a state of mind. The word hell is derived from the Saxon verb helan, which means to cover or conceal, and contains no meaning of a place of torment. The word hell was translated also from Gehenna, "the Valley of Hinnom," a ravine where fires were kept going all the time to burn the refuse of Jerusalem.
We have the word Sheol from the original Hebrew, meaning a grave or pit. Later it came to mean a place of quietness in which the souls of the dead rest, awaiting resurrection, and not a place of torment or punishment. Sheol was translated into Greek in the Septuagint as Hades, which had the Greek classical meaning of "kingdom of the dead."
Preceding Entry: What is the meaning of "fire" spoken of in the Scriptures?
Following Entry: Explain the "unpardonable sin."