By Jon M. Sweeney

Hell: The notice skill terror, darkness, and everlasting separation from God. a few humans imagine the Bible is obvious approximately hell, yet what if they're mistaken?

With gripping narrative and reliable scholarship, Sweeney charts hell's "evolution" from the previous testomony underworld Sheol, via background and literature, to the best influencer of all: Dante's Inferno. He finds how the fashionable suggestion of hell is primarily based on Dante's ingenious genius-but within the approach, he deals a extra positive figuring out of the afterlife than ever before.

tense and enchanting, Sweeney will without end modify what we predict occurs to us once we die-and extra importantly, he'll make us think again how we are living.

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Jon’s writing is a satisfaction on each web page. ” —Brian D. McLaren, writer, We Make the line by means of jogging “Beguiling and completely scrumptious… solidly crafted and lethal severe. Sweeney has taken on essentially the most convoluted and unsafe parts of theology and deftly proven not just its ideational heritage, but in addition its human ramifications. His scholarship is impeccable and his humorousness ubiquitous. Dante himself might have enjoyed this one! ” —Phyllis Tickle, writer, The Age of the Spirit “Far from a dry, educational discourse, INVENTING HELL makes for excellent studying. The e-book finds the little-known confluence of theology, tradition, and literature that has formed our notions of the afterlife. each minister, priest, rabbi, and sheikh must learn this publication, and so will we all. ” —Rabbi David Zaslow, writer, Jesus: First-Century Rabbi Bibliography Dante Translations and Commentaries There are countless numbers of them. i've got indexed simply those who I consulted greater than two times. Others are pointed out within the Notes part. Bang, Mary Jo (translator), Inferno, by way of Dante Alighieri. Illustrations through Henrik Drescher. Minneapolis: Graywolf Press, 2012. Hollander, Robert and Jean (translators), The Inferno, via Dante Alighieri. creation and notes through Robert Hollander. big apple: Anchor Books, 2002. Longfellow, Henry Wadsworth (translator), Divine Comedy: Hell. this is often the default translation used all through this publication and is broadly to be had within the public area, for instance, at http://dante. ilt. columbia. edu/comedy/. Palma, Michael (translator), Inferno, through Dante Alighieri, edited via Giuseppe Mazzotta. big apple: Norton, 2008. Raffa, man P. the entire Danteworlds: A Reader’s advisor to the Divine Comedy. Chicago: collage of Chicago Press, 2009. Sayers, Dorothy L. (translator), The Comedy of Dante Alighieri the Florentine: Cantica 1 Hell. Baltimore: Penguin, 1949. Translations of historic and Medieval resources (alphabetical by means of writer) back, there are countless numbers to be had for every writer. those have been my primaries. [Apocalyptics] The Apocryphal New testomony, edited and translated by way of M. R. James. Oxford: Clarendon, 1924. [Aquinas, Thomas] Thomas Aquinas: chosen Writings, edited and translated by means of Ralph McInerny. long island: Penguin, 1998. [Augustine of Hippo] the town of God, in volumes, translated through John Healey, edited via R. V. G. Tasker, advent by means of Sir Ernest Barker. long island: Dutton, 1972. And Confessions, translated through R. S. Pine-Coffin. Baltimore: Penguin, 1961. [Hesiod] Works of Hesiod and the Homeric Hymns, translated through Daryl Hine. Chicago: college of Chicago Press, 2007. [Mystery performs] English secret performs: a range, edited with creation and notes via Peter Happe. long island: Penguin, 1975. [Ovid] Metamorphoses, translated by means of Charles Martin, advent through Bernard Knox. big apple: Norton, 2004. And, Metamorphoses, translated by means of Stanley Lombardo, creation by means of W. R. Johnson. Indianapolis: Hackett, 2010. [Plato and Socrates] The Dialogues of Plato in 4 Volumes, translated by way of Benjamin Jowett. big apple: Scribner’s, 1905.

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