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A Quick Look at "Hell" in the King James II
« on: December 05, 2012, 03:02:59 AM »
Well, all the word studies and word interest here got me to thinking.  Given all the hoopla about "hell" here at Tentmaker, and how it is so connected with the KJV, I got to wondering how my King James II fared.  This version is not too well known, so a few words about it:  The KJV II was produced by Jay P. Green, who you may have heard about (especially) if you're a Baptist, and some other people.  They ran (so they claim) ALL of the Biblical manuscripts, ALL the schools of manuscripts, ALL of it through a supercomputer, with the KJV somehow factored in.  Their main bias was to modernize the language from "99%" modern to "100%" modern.  They claim to have done thousands of computer runs, with the same result.  That's what I recall from the intro, and I don't recall how a stack of different manuscripts produced, by computer, an updated KJV.  Of course, this just fuels the KJV super-loyalists, but that's grist for another thread.

I decided to see how the KJV II translated "hell."  It was easy - look up "hell" in Strong's, check the references in the KJV II, and see what's there.  If "hell" was a mistranslation, maybe the supercomputer corrected it.  Ya think?!   Here's what I found:

Strong's has 54 mentions of "hell."

The KJV II translates it thus -

as "hell" or "Hell" 49 times

as "Hades" 3 times

as "Hell-Fire" 2 times

I could have gone on to other "hell"-related words, but what would be the use?  It looks like "hell" has been tweaked through some kind of bias.  Perhaps the "supercomputer" had some doctrinal programming not mentioned in the preface/intro.  I can't help but think about what Robert Heinlein said about giving a text a new coat of paint and filing off the serial numbers.  I was disappointed by the recent "Geneva" Bible, which had modern, not Reformation, notes, and now my initial enthusiasm for the KJV II has just been tempered.  Maybe the worth of a translation lies partly in the difficulty in finding a copy... :sigh:

BTW - I did find this:  "Hell" is not mentioned in the gospel of John - not once!
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Re: A Quick Look at "Hell" in the King James II
« Reply #1 on: December 05, 2012, 05:20:18 AM »
Strongs only mentions hell because the KJV does and Strong's is based on the KJV not the other way around. "Hell" was never mentioned in any manuscript before the KJV because it is an English word taken from Norse mythology (the English were made up of Danes and Jutes(Vikings) and Angles and had absorbed much of their language and mythology).

IMO, Hell was an invention with no root in the scriptures at all.

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How Sheol Became Hell

Sheol                >Hades       >Inferno         >Hell
Hebrew            >Greek        >Latin             >English
Paleo-Hebrew*>Septuagint>Latin Vulgate>KJV

*http://theorthodoxlife.wordpress.com/2012/03/12/masoretic-text-vs-original-hebrew/

Hades came from the Greeks and was primarily a place of darkness. The word morphed from "Haides" which was originally Aionis and Aides (from aidos meaning "unseen"). Tartarus was below Hades and was a special prison for titans and involved torment.

The similarities are striking enough to make you wonder if these mythologies(egyptain, greek, roman) did not originate from stories passed down through the ages from the children of Noah re-called from pre-flood times(notably Gen 6).

Inferno came from the Romans and incorporated the idea of flames and torment. It was ruled by Pluto who was also god of time and earth and wealth. Dante took "inferno" and popularized the idea of the devil tormenting souls in worse and worse ways as you went lower and lower into it.

 Hel came from the Norsemen, it was ruled by a female god Hela and was the place for the departed dead who were not warrior heroes, who went to Valhalla. "Go to Hel" was a Norse curse meaning, DIE

The English (KJV)took all three and rolled them up into one and translated Sheol (which originally meant "the unknown"and came to mean "the grave" among the Hebrews) into Hell, bringing with it all the mythological baggage of Hades, Inferno and Hel.

Hades (play /ˈheɪdiːz/; from Greek ᾍδης (older form Ἀϝίδης), Hadēs, originally Ἅιδης, Haidēs or Άΐδης, Aidēs (Doric Ἀΐδας Aidas), meaning "the unseen"[1]) was the ancient Greek god of the underworld. Thayer
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Re: A Quick Look at "Hell" in the King James II
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2012, 03:56:06 AM »
Thanks for that!  Your answer is well informed, and I think the shine is off the KJV II.  :sigh:
Socrates taught Plato.  Plato taught Aristotle.  Aristotle tutored the son of Philip of Macedon.  This boy grew up to become Alexander the Great, largely by slaughtering a lot of people.  That's philosophy.

Jesus spoke the Truth.  He blessed the poor.  He healed the sick.  He even raised the dead.  He died on a cross for us, lived again, and came back long enough to tell us to love one another.  That's religion.

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Re: A Quick Look at "Hell" in the King James II
« Reply #3 on: December 10, 2012, 10:27:35 AM »
Am I wrong to want to see a UR translation? I don't think so :o)
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Re: A Quick Look at "Hell" in the King James II
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2012, 02:10:48 PM »
BTW Laz, I could be mistaken but I don't recall a single instance of Paul mentioning hell in any of his letters.
I have to agree with the first thing that got me started toward UR was, "IF hell is an important doctrine (and it would be of prime importance if it were true) why don't Paul or John or the old testament mention it as a doctrine at all?"
I mean if Paul tells the other Apostles to make sure the new gentile believers don't eat strangled meat, it doesn't make sense that he wouldn't mention SOMETHING about hell. Many of the new gentile believers had no idea of the doctrines of judaism or christianity other than trusting in christ to save them.
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Re: A Quick Look at "Hell" in the King James II
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2012, 08:56:22 PM »
Right, Jeff, if ET (or ED for that matter) were true, they should be a major theme of the Bible, not hard to find at all.  However, as we know here, the Hell-meisters must dig deep to find any "proof texts."

As things stand, the ET doctrine makes God look a side-show game operator:  "Step right up!  Try your luck!  The game's easy, the prizes big!!"  Next thing you know, your pockets are empty and you've lost.  Now how did that happen? :footmouth:
Socrates taught Plato.  Plato taught Aristotle.  Aristotle tutored the son of Philip of Macedon.  This boy grew up to become Alexander the Great, largely by slaughtering a lot of people.  That's philosophy.

Jesus spoke the Truth.  He blessed the poor.  He healed the sick.  He even raised the dead.  He died on a cross for us, lived again, and came back long enough to tell us to love one another.  That's religion.

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Re: A Quick Look at "Hell" in the King James II
« Reply #6 on: December 11, 2012, 09:40:26 PM »
Well, all the word studies and word interest here got me to thinking.  Given all the hoopla about "hell" here at Tentmaker, and how it is so connected with the KJV, I got to wondering how my King James II fared.  This version is not too well known, so a few words about it:  The KJV II was produced by Jay P. Green, who you may have heard about (especially) if you're a Baptist, and some other people.  They ran (so they claim) ALL of the Biblical manuscripts, ALL the schools of manuscripts, ALL of it through a supercomputer, with the KJV somehow factored in.  Their main bias was to modernize the language from "99%" modern to "100%" modern.  They claim to have done thousands of computer runs, with the same result.  That's what I recall from the intro, and I don't recall how a stack of different manuscripts produced, by computer, an updated KJV.  Of course, this just fuels the KJV super-loyalists, but that's grist for another thread.

I decided to see how the KJV II translated "hell."  It was easy - look up "hell" in Strong's, check the references in the KJV II, and see what's there.  If "hell" was a mistranslation, maybe the supercomputer corrected it.  Ya think?!   Here's what I found:

Strong's has 54 mentions of "hell."

The KJV II translates it thus -

as "hell" or "Hell" 49 times

as "Hades" 3 times

as "Hell-Fire" 2 times

I could have gone on to other "hell"-related words, but what would be the use?  It looks like "hell" has been tweaked through some kind of bias.  Perhaps the "supercomputer" had some doctrinal programming not mentioned in the preface/intro.  I can't help but think about what Robert Heinlein said about giving a text a new coat of paint and filing off the serial numbers.  I was disappointed by the recent "Geneva" Bible, which had modern, not Reformation, notes, and now my initial enthusiasm for the KJV II has just been tempered.  Maybe the worth of a translation lies partly in the difficulty in finding a copy... :sigh:

BTW - I did find this:  "Hell" is not mentioned in the gospel of John - not once!

Nor does Paul.
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Re: A Quick Look at "Hell" in the King James II
« Reply #7 on: December 12, 2012, 02:57:55 AM »
Well, all the word studies and word interest here got me to thinking.  Given all the hoopla about "hell" here at Tentmaker, and how it is so connected with the KJV, I got to wondering how my King James II fared.  This version is not too well known, so a few words about it:  The KJV II was produced by Jay P. Green, who you may have heard about (especially) if you're a Baptist, and some other people.  They ran (so they claim) ALL of the Biblical manuscripts, ALL the schools of manuscripts, ALL of it through a supercomputer, with the KJV somehow factored in.  Their main bias was to modernize the language from "99%" modern to "100%" modern.  They claim to have done thousands of computer runs, with the same result.  That's what I recall from the intro, and I don't recall how a stack of different manuscripts produced, by computer, an updated KJV.  Of course, this just fuels the KJV super-loyalists, but that's grist for another thread.

I decided to see how the KJV II translated "hell."  It was easy - look up "hell" in Strong's, check the references in the KJV II, and see what's there.  If "hell" was a mistranslation, maybe the supercomputer corrected it.  Ya think?!   Here's what I found:

Strong's has 54 mentions of "hell."

The KJV II translates it thus -

as "hell" or "Hell" 49 times

as "Hades" 3 times

as "Hell-Fire" 2 times

I could have gone on to other "hell"-related words, but what would be the use?  It looks like "hell" has been tweaked through some kind of bias.  Perhaps the "supercomputer" had some doctrinal programming not mentioned in the preface/intro.  I can't help but think about what Robert Heinlein said about giving a text a new coat of paint and filing off the serial numbers.  I was disappointed by the recent "Geneva" Bible, which had modern, not Reformation, notes, and now my initial enthusiasm for the KJV II has just been tempered.  Maybe the worth of a translation lies partly in the difficulty in finding a copy... :sigh:

BTW - I did find this:  "Hell" is not mentioned in the gospel of John - not once!

Nor does Paul.

Indeed!  The big picture is coming together... :thumbsup:
Socrates taught Plato.  Plato taught Aristotle.  Aristotle tutored the son of Philip of Macedon.  This boy grew up to become Alexander the Great, largely by slaughtering a lot of people.  That's philosophy.

Jesus spoke the Truth.  He blessed the poor.  He healed the sick.  He even raised the dead.  He died on a cross for us, lived again, and came back long enough to tell us to love one another.  That's religion.

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Re: A Quick Look at "Hell" in the King James II
« Reply #8 on: December 12, 2012, 09:07:24 AM »

BTW - I did find this:  "Hell" is not mentioned in the gospel of John - not once!

Nor does Paul.

Paul was the writer of over 2/3 of the N.T.  Of all the words in the original languages "hell" has been pasted over, he only mentions hades twice.  Jesus mentions only gehenna, and just 8 times, 12 if you discount repeats in parallel gospels.

(I saw John MacArthur on T.V. saying Jesus spoke of hell hundreds of times more often than heaven.  Actually, the record reflects He mentions hell only 6% of the times He uses the word heaven, usually in the context of "kingdom of heaven."  It's 12 to a little over 200 times.)
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Re: A Quick Look at "Hell" in the King James II
« Reply #9 on: December 12, 2012, 10:47:59 PM »
That seems typical of TeeVee preachers.  Once again, it seems that easy access equals bad information.  I'm glad I'm here.  :laughing7:
Socrates taught Plato.  Plato taught Aristotle.  Aristotle tutored the son of Philip of Macedon.  This boy grew up to become Alexander the Great, largely by slaughtering a lot of people.  That's philosophy.

Jesus spoke the Truth.  He blessed the poor.  He healed the sick.  He even raised the dead.  He died on a cross for us, lived again, and came back long enough to tell us to love one another.  That's religion.