Descent into hell?

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  1. LandonL

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    Hey,

    My youth pastor, some of my friends and I tend to get into theological discussions. One day recently we were discussing this and I couldn't make up my mind.

    Where did Christ spend the time between crucifixion and resurrection?

    It would seem from things like the Apostles' creed that he did, but I have trouble believing this. I can't reconcile it with Christ's statement to the thief that he would be with him in paradise, and his "it is finished" statement.

    So, do any of you have insight on this? Does it read more specifically in the Greek, for you scholars? Or are there other scriptures that shed more light on this?

    Thanks,
    Landon
     
  2. Dr. Bob

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    Part of the problem is the use (in creed and in some older English translations) of the archaic word "hell".

    The inspired original words make clear distinctions: Hebrew word "sheol" is a place of the dead, part in punishment and part in paradise. Greek word "hades" is the punishment part of sheol; "paradise" is the good side.

    Here is a thread from the BVT Forum that will help you understand the differences.

    http://www.baptistboard.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=4;t=000935
     
  3. LandonL

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    But, Dr. Bob, if I remember my Greek mythology right, Hades was the word for both. Tartarus was punishment and the Elysian fields was reward. That is why I don't understand. What IS the Greek word used in the text? Is it Hades?
     

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