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Inventing Hell : Dante, the Bible and eternal torment / Jon M. Sweeney.

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Jefferson Co PL - Madison Main Branch 851.1 SWEE (Text) 39391006611170 Fiction Available -

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  • ISBN: 9781455582242
  • ISBN: 1455582247
  • ISBN: 1455582239
  • ISBN: 9781455582235
  • Physical Description: x, 192 pages ; 21 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Jericho Books, 2014.

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Includes bibliographical references (pages [189]-192) and index.
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A quick sprint through the Inferno -- In the beginning -- The ancient underworld -- The awful underworld psalm -- The God Hades -- Virgil and the myth of empire -- When the soul went immortal -- Plato and the myth of Er -- Jesus, Hades, and a pit just outside Jerusalem -- Inventing Holy Saturday -- Medieval apocalyptics! -- Dancing on a pin -- Dante with a Qur'an by his side? -- The sublime order of the universe -- Conclusion: Is there a future for hell?
Summary, etc.:
"Hell: The word means terror, darkness, and eternal separation from God. Some people think the Bible is clear about hell, but what if they're mistaken? With gripping narrative and solid scholarship, Sweeney charts hell's "evolution" from the Old Testament underworld Sheol, through history and literature, to the greatest influencer of all: Dante's Inferno. He reveals how the modern idea of hell is based mostly on Dante's imaginative genius-but in the process, he offers a more constructive understanding of the afterlife than ever before. Disturbing and enthralling, Sweeney will forever alter what we think happens to us after we die-and more importantly, he will make us reconsider how we live"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Dante Alighieri, 1265-1321 > Religion.
Bible > In literature.
Hell in literature.
RELIGION > Christian Theology > Eschatology.
RELIGION > Biblical Studies > History & Culture.
RELIGION > Biblical Criticism & Interpretation > Old Testament.
LITERARY CRITICISM > European > Italian.

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