Definitions

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  • n. one of various hells in Abrahamic religions, being the hell into which sinners are cast after judgment for eternal suffering
  • n. depending on interpretation of religious texts, one of various names for just one hell
  • n. a place of suffering and misery

Etymologies

Thought to be named after the Valley of Hinnom outside Jerusalem, which was constantly filled with the waste of the city, which was then burnt. Heinous deeds are also associated with this valley, as during the time when Jerusalem was ruled by non-Jews (referred to in scriptures simply as 'pagans') child sacrifice was practiced there. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Jesus 'uses of the term gehenna warn of the danger of hell fire (Matt. 5: 22) and the relative insignificance of losing a bodily part (and going to heaven) in comparison to remaining whole but being wholly lost (Matt.

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  • My guess is that when priests first preached Christianity to the English they needed an Old English word to translate "gehenna" or "hades", asked the interpreter what his people called the bad place you go to after you die, and were told it was called "helle", after which the word became the standard term.

    Old English gods and myths: Hell

  • Upon his arrival, by a somewhat ominous conjuncture, he had supped with some of the leading citizens in the hall of the "gehenna" or torture room, certainly not a locality calculated to inspire a healthy appetite.

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  • The image of 'gehenna' and 'maggots' means decomposition.

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  • He saw in the dream Mary daughter of Heli was being punished in hell or gehenna as you stated.

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  • If you are a KJV only buff, then you can find many OT verses that use the word "hell", but those instances have been more appropriately changed in modern translations to "grave"/sheol/gehenna.

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  • Libet eos nunc interrogare qui domus marmoribus vestiunt, qui uno filo villarum ponunt precia, huic seni modo quid unquam defuit? vos gemma bibitis, ille concavis manibus naturae satisfecit; ille pauper paradisum capit, vos avaros gehenna suscipiet.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • It is forbidden to call our brother “raca,” under the penalty of the gehenna or hell fire.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • The New Testament Greek words for hell are "hades" and "gehenna" and they both have different meanings.

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  • Jesus simply seeks to convey, in figurative language, that in hell gehenna neither the fire nor the worm will cease until the wicked are totally consumed or destroyed!

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