E24: The Kingdom of God and Gehenna
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In this episode we discuss some of the ideas of “hell” that were common in the first century Jewish world. Modern problems of worldview and translation often present the idea of hell as a metaphysical reality instead of the overtly eschatological reality that is actually being emphasized by Jesus. “Gehenna”, a Greek word used in the New Testament often translated as “hell”, is best understood in context to second temple Jewish literature and apocalyptic expectations.