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What does ‘Sheol’ mean in the Hebrew Bible? The connection between ‘questioning’ and the realm of the dead

By Aviel Schneider | | Topics: BIBLE STUDY, Judaism
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“For a fire has been kindled by my anger, burning to the nether regions of the grave.” (Deuteronomy 32:22)

The prophet Isaiah mentions that “the grave below is stirred up with excitement at your coming.” (Isaiah 14:9)

Psalm 139 reads, “If I ascend to heaven, there you are; if I make my bed in the realm of the dead, behold, you are also there!”

In all three cases, the word ‘Sheol’ is used in the Hebrew Bible text. In translations the term is rendered as the underworld, the realm of the dead, death, the grave, or hell. But what is actually meant by Sheol?

“The Hebrew language is the source of the Holy Scriptures and thus the source of Christianity,” emphasized Francis, who was arrested as a Portuguese ‘New Christian,’ before the tribunal in Lima, Peru. His story is told in The Jewish Monk – a gripping book by Israeli writer Ilan Sheinfeld about the Spanish Inquisition in Peru in the 17th century, a time when ‘Marranos’ who secretly held to their Jewish faith were...

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