The Geography of Hell in the Teaching of Jesus

Gehena, Hades, the Abyss, the Outer Darkness Where There Is Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth

By Kim Papaioannou

The Geography of Hell in the Teaching of Jesus

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  • ISBN: 9781620325810
  • Pages: 306
  • Publication Date: 9/19/2013
  • Retail Price: $36.00
Web Price: $28.80
Web Price: $28.80

The Geography of Hell in the Teaching of Jesus

Gehena, Hades, the Abyss, the Outer Darkness Where There Is Weeping and Gnashing of Teeth

By Kim Papaioannou

paperback-logo

PAPERBACK

  • ISBN: 9781620325810
  • Pages: 306
  • Publication Date: 9/19/2013
  • Retail Price: $36.00
Web Price: $28.80

About-

The topic of hell has held a strange fascination for believers through the centuries, becoming the subject of paintings, sermons, books, articles, and much more. For many it has been a source of terror, for most a wellspring of questions. Is there such a thing as hell? How long will it last? Who will go there? Is hell fair?
In this study, Kim Papaioannou tackles the topic at its most foundational level, in the words and teaching of Jesus. Rather than attempt overarching and all-encompassing answers, he begins instead with a detailed study of the relevant texts and builds from there upwards. The result is a picture that is not only coherent and satisfying, but more importantly, solidly based on biblical exegesis of the most refined nature. Papaioannou concludes by putting hell into a more palatable and biblically sound perspective.
Though unreservedly scholarly, the study is written in such a way that lay readers can understand and enjoy it.

Endorsements & Reviews-

"In recent years, many Christians, among them a goodly number of evangelicals, have concluded that the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ will not make the wicked suffer unending, conscious torment in hell. This book adds to the body of evidence supporting this necessary doctrinal change."
--The late Clark Pinnock, McMaster Divinity College

"From the fiery picture of gehenna to scenes of fireless darkness, Papaioannou leads us through the variety of metaphors, figures, symbols, and pictures employed by Jesus. Far from arid, the scholarship demonstrated here is fruitful in practical benefits for all thoughtful children of God. It gives me great pleasure to commend this book."
-From the foreword by Edward William Fudge, author of The Fire That Consumes

"Kim Papaioannou has written a provocatively comprehensive, historical, and biblical interpretation of hell in the teachings of Jesus. . . . This takes the reader into the depths of Jewish literature, Old and New Testament culture, Hebrew and Greek exegesis, and a breadth of Christian history. Extremely interesting and thought provoking, this book should remain useful to critical scholarship on the topic of hell and eternal punishment for decades to come."
--Sharon L. Baker, Messiah College

"Papaioannou has the keen ability to offer the reader a high level of scholarship in the simplest of terms. While his book is the product of superb exegesis and deep thought it can be read and understood by non-theologians. The title may suggest the book deals mainly with the geography of hell, but it is much more. It is an indictment of the popular but apparently unbiblical belief that God has a place where he physically tortures sinners endlessly."
--Ioannis Giantzaklidis, DTh candidate, University of Helsinki

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Kim Papaioannou

Bio(s)-

Kim Papaioannou was born and grew up in Greece. He earned a double BA in Religion and History (1989) and an MA in Religion with an emphasis in the New Testament (1991) from Newbold College in Berkshire, England. In 2006 he graduated with a PhD in Theology from the University of Durham, in Durham, England. He has served as church pastor for 13 years and has taught New Testament at graduate level for four years. He has authored numerous scholarly and professional articles.

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