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This word occurs eighteen times in the New Testament. In nine instances the Greek word is Hadēs; in eight instances it is Gehenna; and in one it is Tartarus.

Hades: Matt. xi. 23, xvi. 18; Luke xvi. 23; Acts ii. 31; 1 Cor. xv. 55; Rev. i. 18, vi. 8, xx. 13, 14. (See Hades.)

Gehenna: Matt. v. 22, 29, x. 28, xiii. 15, xviii. 9, xxiii. 15, 33; James iii. 6. (See Gehenna.)

Tartarus: 2 Peter ii. 4. (See Tartaros.)

Descended into hell (Creed) means the place of the dead. (Anglo-Saxon, helan, to cover or conceal, like the Greek “Haʹdē,” the abode of the dead, from the verb a-eido, not to see. In both cases it means “the unseen world” or “the world concealed from sight.” The god of this nether world was called “Hadës” by the Greeks, and “Hel” or “Helaby the Scandinavians. In some counties of England to cover in with a roof is “to hell the building,” and thatchers or tilers are termed “helliers.”

Lead apes in hell. (See Ape.)

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Helena (St.)
Helenos
Helicon
Heligh-monat (Holy-month)
Heliopolis
He lios
Heliostat
Heliotrope
Hell
Hell or Arka
Hell
Hell (Rivers of)
Hell Broth
Hell Gate
Hell Gates
Hell Kettles
Hell Shoon
Hell or Connaught (To)
Hellanodicæ
Hellenes
Hellenic