Where does the Bible say that Hell is the common grave of mankind.?

"14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire." (Revelation 20:14,15)

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  • 5 months ago
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    Confusion arises because the Hebrew scriptures have two words that both apply to the state of physical death, one of them being translated into English as hell, the other requiring the English word grave.

    Many who teach that there is no conscious, aware part of a human that survives physical death claim that hell is merely the common grave of mankind. This is shown in the Jehovah's Witness "Insight On The Scriptures" book, despite admiting that the Hebrew word for 'grave' is qe'ver:

    "The Hebrew word qe'ver is the common word used to designate a burial place, a grave, or a graveyard. (Ge 23:7-9; Jer 8:1; 26:23) The related word qevurah' similarly may refer to an earthen grave or to a tomb excavaed in rock. - Ge 35:20; 1 Sa 10:2

    "In Greek the common word for grave is ta'phos (Mt 28:1), and the verb form (tha'pto) means 'bury'. (Mt 8:21,22)...

    "Since these Hebrew and Greek words refer to an individual burial place or grave site, they are often used in the plural as referring to many such graves. They are, therefore, distinct from the Hebrew she'ohl' and its Greek equivalent hai'des... [which words must always be used in the singular.]

    "Nevertheless, since one's entry into Sheol is represented as taking place through burial in an individual grave or at a burial site, words pertaining to such places of interment are used as parallel though not equivalent terms with Sheol." (Vol. 1 pages 994-5)

    They admit that a word completely different to sheol needs to be translated 'grave'; that sheol is not the same as the grave, though both are linked. The grave is but an entrance into sheol! So, if sheol lies beyond the grave, what is it, and where is it, and what is the condition of those who go beyond the grave and end up in sheol?

    Jewish beliefs about the state of the dead, as taught by the schools of Hillel and Shammai, which views were prevalent before Jesus, during Jesus' day, and after Jesus' day, are helpful. It's only when you know what the Jews believed about the eternal part of man ending up in Sheol that Jesus' words in Luke 16:19-31 make sense! Everything Jesus said there agrees with Jewish belief in the grave being the entrance into a sort of 'holding place' for the departed spirit, to await the Day of Resurrection and Judgment. It had two compartments, separated by an uncrossable chasm. One was hellish torment, the other paradise-like bliss. This accords with Ecclesiastes chapters 9 & 12 that show how the physical corpse rots in the grave, knowing and doing nothing, while the spirit returns to God who gave it, to answer to God.

    So, nowhere in the Bible does it state that the common grave of mankind must be called hell. If that was the case, then all Jesus' dire warnings about the need for us to avoid hell would have been lunatic ravings.

    "The Life And Times of Jesus The Messiah" by Alfred Edersheim (1971) Appendix XIX, On Eternal Punishment, according to the Rabbis and the New Testament" (see vol. II Book V ch. vi) http://www.ccel.org/ccel/e

    "Josephus' Discourse to the Greeks Concerning Hades" as in "The Works of Josephus" translated by William Whiston, 1980, page 637

  • 5 months ago

    in Hebrew mythology, Sheol was the abode of the dead BEFORE the Hebrews took the idea of Heaven/Hell from the Zorastrians during the Captivity.

  • 5 months ago

    Absolutely nowhere. Nowhere does the Bible refer to any "common grave" of mankind. Sheol is the abode of the dead. It contains Abraham's Bosom (Paradise) and Prison (Hell).

  • 5 months ago

    It does not.

    To the contrary:

    the Hebrew word "sheol", sometimes translated "Hell" in archaic translations, is sometimes (definitely NOT always) used with that meaning

    but the Greek word "hades", sometimes translated "Hell" in archaic translations, does not EVER have that meaning in the Bible and, indeed, that meaning is anachronistic when applied to the Bible.


    IF you are reading a Bible that uses "Hell" frequently in the Old and New Testaments

    the claim "Hell is the common grave of mankind" is definitely NOT an accurate one

    except in a few passages of the Old Testament.

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  • 5 months ago

    Let us see from the Bible. At Genesis 37:35 Jacob, one of Jesus’ forefathers, when mourning for his son Joseph, whom he thought to be dead, lamented: “I will go down into the grave [sheol] unto my son mourning.” Here the American Standard Version leaves the Hebrew word sheol untranslated; the King James Version renders it “grave,” but the Catholic Douay Version renders it “hell.” Obviously sheol, or hell, is mankind’s common grave. And note that the Bible says: “Death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them.” (Rev. 20:13) Yes, all those in hell are to be resurrected!

    In regards to the Lake of fire. This occurs only in the book of Revelation and is clearly symbolic. The symbolic quality of the lake of fire is further evident from the context of references to it in the book of Revelation. Death is said to be hurled into this lake of fire. (Re 19:20; 20:14) Death obviously cannot be literally burned. Moreover, the Devil, an invisible spirit creature, is thrown into the lake. Being spirit, he cannot be hurt by literal fire. (Rev. 20:10)

  • 5 months ago

    Before Jesus lived there was no means by which a living person could enter heaven with out direct intervention of God. Meaning there was no mechanism of reconciliation or redemption. So till that time all mankind suffered the same fate. The book of Ecstasies concludes the same fate awaits the good and the bad.

    So it is taught that way in the Old Testament.

  • 5 months ago

    It is implied, as in the preceding verse...

    Revelation 20:13 "And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds."

  • Sean
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    "Hell" is a general term. In the original Aramaic, Greek, and Hebrew languages however, there is a difference in some terms. The Grave, or Hades, is one. Sheol is another, and then there is The Pit as well. Lastly, the Lake of Fire, as you pointed out. All of these in general can be referred to as Hell, but they aren't all the same. I would suggest you read this page:


  • 5 months ago

    There is no reference to hell being the common grave.

    The Bible is written in two different languages. The oldest part in Hebrew and the newer part in Greek.

    There is a reference to Sheol being a "common grave." That is a word in the Hebrew language. While "hell" is a word that comes from the Greek language.

    Sheol is used to refer to two different concepts: the grave to which the body goes when a person dies, and an afterlife realm to which the soul goes. Sheol is used to refer to the entire afterlife realm (heaven as well as hell) and not just to the place of torment in the afterlife.

    Different fates await the different parts of man when he dies. His body goes to a grave where it sleeps. The Bible says there is no knowledge and no gain there. It sleeps until the tine of the resurrection.

    His soul/spirit goes into the presence of God and resides there until the time of the resurrection. The soul does not sleep, but is "absent from the body and present with the Lord."

    At some point the body and the soul will be reunited, and either enter the New Heaven and the New Earth with God, or be cast into eternal torment away from God.

    • Climate Realist
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      The body and soul are not reunited. We get new bodies when we are raised, or if we are alive when Jesus returns.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    read it sometime Skippy, h#ll is never mentioned even once ................................

    • Climate Realist
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      Actually, that is true. The Bible mentions Sheol, Hades and the Lake of Fire. It does not call any of those places Hell. "Hell," when used in common language, generally refers to the Lake of Fire.

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