Inventing Hell: Dante, the Bible and Eternal Torment

Author(s): Jon M. Sweeney


Hell: The word means terror, darkness, and eternal separation from God. Some people think the Bible is clear about hell, but what if they're mistaken?

With gripping narrative and solid scholarship, Sweeney charts hell's "evolution" from the Old Testament underworld Sheol, through history and literature, to the greatest influencer of all: Dante's Inferno. He reveals how the modern idea of hell is based mostly on Dante's imaginative genius-but in the process, he offers a more constructive understanding of the afterlife than ever before.

Disturbing and enthralling, Sweeney will forever alter what we think happens to us after we die-and more importantly, he will make us reconsider how we live.


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Jon M. Sweeney is an independent scholar, culture critic, and popular speaker with 25 years of experience in spirituality trade publishing. Raised a fundamentalist Protestant, today Jon is a Catholic who prefers a monastic-style practice.

General Fields

  • : 9781455582242
  • : Hachette Nashville
  • : Jericho Books
  • : June 2014
  • : July 2014
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jon M. Sweeney
  • : Paperback
  • : 208