Tuesday, 28 May 2013
The early Hebrew / Jews wrote only of " Sheol " which was a shaddowy ill defined place where everyone went at death. It is only in the later books like Daniel & 1 Enoch that the references to hades start to creep in. Daniel may have been written after Alexander the Great's conquests hastened the spread of Greek thought through the Levant. This period is called the Hellenization of the Jews. The Greek's imagined Hades as a place underground. initially where everyone went but later the idea of Tartarus developed as a dungeon in Hades where the Titans suffered. This idea later evolved to be a place of suffering for all who had committed crimes.