Words of Current Interest

The words in this issue are related to the Lesson-Sermon in the CHRISTIAN SCIENCE QUARTERLY designated to be read in Christian Science churches on May 3, 1970.

Thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell (Ps. 86:13)

J. M. P. Smith renders, "Thou hast rescued me from the depths of Sheol"—Sheol being strictly a Hebrew word for the state of the dead. Moffatt translates, "Saving me from the very depths of death." The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible (Vol. I, p. 788) comments that "nowhere in the OT is the abode of the dead regarded as a place of punishment or torment. The concept of an infernal 'hell' developed in Israel only during the Hellenistic period, probably under the influence of Iranian ideas."

Signs of the Times
April 25, 1970

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