‘And He Descended into Hell’…

So says the Creed.  But is the Creedal statement Scriptural?

Here’s what Scripture says-

ἐν ᾧ καὶ τοῖς ἐν φυλακῇ πνεύμασιν πορευθεὶς ἐκήρυξεν (1 Pet. 3:19)

Accordingly, the creed is wrong on this point. Scripture says nothing about a descent into either ‘sheol’ or ‘hades’. Rather, Jesus went and preached to those ἐν φυλακῇ . What that is and where is of course a matter of discussion, but ‘hell’ is just that, an interpretation.

2 thoughts on “‘And He Descended into Hell’…

  1. Lisbeth S. Fried 15 Apr 2017 at 10:43 am

    He preached to the “spirits” πνεύμασιν (1 Pet. 3:19) in prison, not to the people in prison. Where would spirits be imprisoned, except in Hell?


    • Jim 15 Apr 2017 at 11:03 am

      ‘man became a living nephesh..’ – people are spirits


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