Don Stewart: What is Hades? Blue Letter Bible
As the Hebrew word “Sheol” spoke of the state, condition, or place of the dead in the Old Testament, the same is true in the New Testament with the Greek word “Hades.”
The word Hades has a number of different meanings in the New Testament.
1. The Grave – The Place Of Bodily Decay
2. The Place Of The Punishment For The Wicked
3. Possibly As A General Term For The Unseen Realm Of The Dead
Hades is always connected with death, never with life. The context will determine its meaning. It does not refer specifically, or exclusively, to the place of punishment. Like Sheol, it is an intermediate place – it never refers to the place of final punishment.
We will begin breaking down the meaning of Hades in the Bible.
I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell G86 and of death.
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