The Jewish Writers Of The Bible

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A walk through the green and tranquil Valley of Hinnom, below Jerusalem’s Old City walls, reveals beautiful views of the Holy Land – and some dark tales, too. Imagine a place full of fire and sulfur, with the harrowing souls of people burning there for eternity, while being tormented by hideous demons. In Luke 16, we hear the voice of a rich man in Hell. He cried out to Abraham and Lazarus, "If only I had a drop of water on my tongue!" Now you have imagined what Christian theologians teach is a place of eternal damnation for sinners. But does such a place really exist? Let 's find out.

To begin our investigation, we need to find out what the Jewish writers of the Bible believed about Hell. Many Jewish scholars claim that belief in the afterlife is a teaching that developed late in Jewish history. However, there is clear evidence in the Hebrew Bible of a Judaic belief in existence after death. The Hebrew Bible indicates in several places that the righteous are reunited with their loved ones after death, and the wicked suffer exclusion from this joyous reunion.

The Torah speaks about several famous people being "gathered to their people." Let 's look at some of them. Genesis 25:8 says, Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man, and full of years, and was gathered to his people. Genesis 25:17 says; these are the years of the life of Ishmael: 137 years. He breathed his last and died, and was gathered to his people. Genesis 35:29 says, Isaac breathed his…
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