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Hades
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Hades (ᾅδης/hádēs) is a traditional Greek term for the underworld as the abode of the dead. In the Septuagint this term corresponds to Hebrew שְׁאוֹל/ĕôl, the most commonly used name for the realm of the dead in the Old Testament. This biblical concept of Hades/Sheol as the abode of the dead originated in the beliefs in the afterlife current in ancient Israel. Later, it was developed further in early Jewish religion and in early …

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Somov, Alexey, “Hades”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 16 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_EECO_SIM_00001520>
First published online: 2018



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