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Re: Descent into Hell?

Dale M. Cannon's says:

>yeah -- it has to do with a NT psg -- one of the Epistles where it is 
>said that Jesus "preached to those that were in prison" -- which the 
>Nicene Fathers, who had by then long renounced all things Judaic 
>(including Judaic Christianity) interpreted to mean "Hell" as the prison, 
>when it very well could have been that Joshua the Nazarene (Jesus) was 
>brought off the tree of cruicifixion while still alive and brought back 
>to health in prison (collusion between Pharisees like Nicodemus and and 
>Joseph of Arimithea and the Roman authorities) and there preached.

Now, look at the actual passage in question: 1Pet 3:18-20. English 
translation will do for present purpose:

"For Christ also died for sins once for all, the righteous for the
unrighteous, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the
flesh but made alive in the spirit; in which he went and preached to the
spirits in prison, who formerly did not obey, when God's patience waited
in the days of Noah, during the building of the ark, in which a few, that
is, eight persons, were saved through water."

This is a odd passage, but not in the way Dale Cannon makes it out to be. 
Above all, it is rather clear that the spirits in the prison were those
who were disobedient in the days of Noah.  That rules out any prison in
first-century Judaea. 

David Suter makes a cogent argument: this an application of Enochic materials
to Jesus. 

Now, back to DSS. 


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