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Descent into Hell
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I. New Testament – II. Dogma and the History of Dogma – III. Art History

I. New Testament

Christ's descent into hell, i.e. his descent to the underworld, the realm of the dead, is, as Descensus ad inferos, one of the christological statements of the early and medieval church's confession of faith (Apostles' Creed, Athanasian Creed; Confession (of faith): III). Nonetheless, the NT does not offer a single certain text for this notion; at most, 1 Pet 4:6 may be interp…

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Böcher, Otto, Sparn, Walter and Felmy, Karl Christian, “Descent into Hell”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 22 July 2024 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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