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In the original Greek of the New Testament Scriptures there are two words unfortunately translated by our one English word "Hell." The first of these is Gehenna, meaning the "place of torment." The second is Hades, which also occurs in the original Greek of the Creed, and means the hidden, covered, intermediate world where the soul rests between death and the general Resurrection. When, therefore, we confess in the Creed that our Lord "descended into Hell," we do not mean that He entered the "place of torment," but the "place of departed spirits" or Hades. This difference of meaning of the word "Hell" as used in our English translation of the Bible and the Creed should be borne in mind.

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Miller, William James. Entry for 'Gehenna'. The American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia. 1901.

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