Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Sheol: A Little Poem on the Christian Concept of Hell

No hell but what they make
A little poem on the Christian concept of hell. There is no word "hell" in New Testament Greek. The words translated as hell in the New Testament are either Hades (the underworld and realm of the dead), called Sheol in Hebrew, or Gehenna. In the Talmud [1] Sheol and Gehenna are the same place. 

Gehenna, The Valley of the Children of Hinnom, is where the Kings of Judah are said to have sacrificed their own to children to the god Moloch the Blind who is industry and which the prophet Jeremiah cursed.
No hell, it's just a place.
A place where bad things happened a long time ago.
Gehenna, that's what he said.
All those years ago.
Not hell.
No hell but what they make. 
And we are the unmakers, the cocreators, the divinely mad.
Holy Fools.

So when Jesus warns their bodes will be thrown in Gehenna and the worms will eat them, he wasn't necessarily talking about hell. He could have been prophesying the revolution that happened after his death, in 70AD, where the bodies of many of those he was speaking to may have been cast into the burning rubbish pits of Sheol.

If any of it happened at all.

[1] Eruvin 19a:16

Rabbi Yehoshua ben Levi said: Gehenna has seven names, and they are as follows: She’ol, Avadon, Be’er Shaḥat, Bor Shaon, Tit HaYaven, Tzalmavet, and Eretz HaTaḥtit.