“And all his children being gathered together to comfort their father [Jacob] in his sorrow, he would not receive comfort, but said: I will go down to my son into hell [sheol], mourning. And whilst he continued weeping,” (Genesis 37:35, D-R)
“But God will redeem my soul from the hand of hell [sheol], when he shall receive me.” (Psalm 48:16, D-R)
- Abraham’s Bosom (Limbus of the Fathers)
- Natural Paradise (Limbus of the Children)
- Gehenna (Fires of Hell for the Damned)
And it came to pass that the beggar died and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom. And the rich man also died: and he was buried in hell. And lifting up his eyes when he was in torments, he saw Abraham afar off and Lazarus in his bosom: And he cried and said: Father Abraham, have mercy on me and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water to cool my tongue: for I am tormented in this flame. And Abraham said to him: Son, remember that thou didst receive good things in thy lifetime, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted and thou art tormented. And besides all this, between us and you, there is fixed a great chaos: so that they who would pass from hence to you cannot, nor from thence come hither.” (Luke 16:22–26, D-R)
When Christ died on the cross, He then “descended into Hell.” There the soul of Christ liberated Adam, Eve, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Moses, David, Isaiah, even John the Baptist and Saint Joseph His foster-father.
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