Did Jesus Go to Hell After He Died?

“Christ’s Descent into Hell,” by Follower of Hieronymus Bosch

Some versions of the Apostles’ Creed say Jesus descended into hell. Did he?

For centuries, Christians have proclaimed, “… he [Jesus] descended into hell…” Other versions of the creed say “the grave.”

Why do we say those words at all, and what are the implications of one versus the other?

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Like a Fine Wine: NICOT/NICNT and Its Remarkable Legacy

“If I could only own one full set of commentaries, the New International Commentary on the Old and New Testaments would be my choice. . . Like a fine wine, it has continued to improve with age.” — Randy McCracken, author and professor

Like BDAG, HALOT, and TDNT, certain resources get so much love that eventually they get an acronym.

NICOT/NICNT is like them, and right now all its volumes are on sale for $30 or less.

Shop the sale now.

Faithful, critical, reputable  

Many of the NICOT/NICNT volumes are ranked first or second on bestcommentaries.com for a reason: they are faithfully critical.

They are faithful in that they regard Scripture as God’s divinely inspired Word.

They are critical in that they apply the methods of modern scholarship for a thorough, careful examination of Scripture.

And as such, they have drawn the praise of scholars and organizations like:

  • D. A. Carson
  • Walter C. Kaiser, Jr.
  • Thomas Schreiner
  • Tremper Longman III
  • Gordon J. Wenham
  • David Dockery
  • Bill T. Arnold
  • Craig S. Keener
  • Bruce M. Metzger
  • Peter O’Brien
  • Craig Blomberg
  • F. F. Bruce
  • Daniel Block
  • John Goldingay
  • Desiring God
  • Themelios
  • Journal of Biblical Literature
  • Westminster Theological Journal
  • Christianity Today
  • Southwestern Journal of Theology

You will find NICOT/NICNT volumes in virtually every Bible school and seminary across the country, worn and tattered because they’re the books students reach for most. And long after seminary, they’ll remain your go-to commentary for exegesis—if they’re in your library, that is.

With contributions from over 46 contributors, including Gordon Fee, David deSilva, Scot McKnight, F. F. Bruce, and Bruce Waltke, the series boasts gifted scholars writing on their areas of expertise—all with a conviction that the words of Scripture are the words of God.

Shop the sale now. Get individual volumes for under $30, or save over $200 when you get the whole series.

Study the New Testament with N.T. Wright

There’s no better way to grow in your faith than to get God’s Word into each day—or rather, to let God’s Word get into you.

To gain a truly deep understanding of the Bible, you have to learn to study it inductively—to suspend judgment about a text’s message and let the text speak for itself. [Read more…]

10 Book Recommendations for the Atonement and Resurrection

For Christians, everything hinges on the resurrection. But without his death to pay for our sins (atonement), there would be no resurrection.

With Good Friday and Easter approaching, you may be interested in learning more about these two most important events in history. [Read more…]

Why the ‘Date’ of Palm Sunday Is so Profound

I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come.

— Isaiah 46:10, NIV

The significance of Palm Sunday was lost on me as a child. I suspect it’s lost on most Christian adults, too. [Read more…]

This Month Only: 40% off Reformed Resources through P&R

This month’s featured publisher, P&R (Presbyterian and Reformed), publishes books that promote biblical understanding and godly living as summarized in the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms.

This month, save 40% on many of their collections, including these highlights: [Read more…]

Why Matthew Links Jesus with Abraham and David (+ Free Book Download)

By Charles L. Quarles

Just as Son of David implies far more than that Jesus is merely David’s descendant,  so Son of Abraham implies far more than that Jesus is merely born of Abraham’s line. The title Son of David indicates that Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s covenant with David. Similarly, as Son of Abraham, Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s covenant with Abraham. He is Abraham’s promised seed. Son of David implies that Jesus is like David in many remarkable ways. As the Son of Abraham, Jesus is a new Abraham, the Founder of a new chosen people. He will fulfill a role in God’s plan similar to the one fulfilled by Abraham himself. [Read more…]

Is Acts a Work of Fiction, History, or Theology?

The Preaching of Saint Paul at Ephesus by Eustache Le Sueur (1649), commons.wikimedia.org

By Grant Osborne

Most ancient books trace the “acts” of heroes like Odysseus, Alexander the Great, or Julius Caesar. Luke’s is unique because these are the “acts” of a movement. As the second part of a two-volume work, it is a historical narrative tracing how the Christ followers built on their founder and became a worldwide force. They began as a fairly narrowly conceived Jewish “sect” and by the end of the book had expanded to “the ends of the earth” (1:8). This work tells how that came to pass in just a little over thirty years, from the ascension of Jesus (AD 30) to the imprisonment of Paul in Rome (AD 60–62).

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3 Practical Reasons David Chose Jerusalem—and 1 That Trumps Them All

Thirty-three miles east of the Mediterranean Sea on a limestone plateau in the Judaean Hills rests one of the oldest cities in the world: Jerusalem.

Jerusalem is mentioned 660 times in the Old Testament and 141 in the New—more if you count all its synonyms like Zion, city of God, and Salem.1

No city has been written and sung about as much as Jerusalem.2

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Constantine, Conspiracy, and the Canon

Dan Brown’s bestselling conspiratorial thriller The Da Vinci Code seems like ancient history now. At its peak of popularity, the novel set records both for sales and for irritating scholars with its view that Jesus and the 12 apostles held to gnostic heresies. The book’s bizarre plot focuses on Jesus’ bloodline extending through a child born by Mary Magdalene. Within that narrative, Brown asserts that the New Testament canon was determined by the [Read more…]