Posted: May 07, 2015 9:20 am
by Zwaarddijk
Agrippina wrote:Daniel speaks of "everlasting contempt" Dan 12:2
Is 14:15 says "Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit."
The OT doesn't specifically say "hell" but it seems apologetics interpret Daniel's "contempt" to be hell."

It would be interesting to know where the writers of the Gospels got the idea of eternal hell that they put the words in Jesus's mouth. Could it indicate knowledge of Stein's Hindu's opinion?

Well, a more clearly everlasting hell can be found in intertestamental literature, so it's clear the idea had entered Judaism during the last centuries BCE. A reasonable source for this could be the Zoroastrians, who, as far as I can tell, did have the idea of an eternal hell rather early. Zoroastrianism and Hinduism are related the same way Iranian languages and Indo-European Indian languages are related, i.e. the religions and the languages are descendants of a shared ancestral religion|language. Whether the idea had entered Zoroastrianism as a retention of older Indo-European beliefs, or as a horizontal transfer from eastern neighbours might be hard to tell, of course.