[German Version] 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 interpreted as preaching by Jesus to the dead, before his resurrection (cf. Ign.
Gos. Pet. 10.41f.; Iren.