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Lesson 25 Hope of Israel Ministries BIBLE Correspondence Course 3

What is “Hell”?


Dante Alighieri (1265-1321 A.D.) wrote
a tremendously popular book titled, The Divine
Comedy, in three parts -- HELL, Purgatory, and

Dante Alighieri, popular writer during the Middle
Ages. His classic work, The Divine Comedy, had
a tremendous influence on the Catholic
doctrines of heaven, hell and purgatory. Dante
derived many of his ideas from the pagan
philosopher, Plato.

dismal hell -- a long poem containing certain
phrases which caught the attention of the world,
Bust of the pagan philosopher, Plato. His such as, ‘ALL HOPE ABANDON...YE, WHO
writings are the philosophical basis for the ENTER HERE!’ This had a tremendous
modern belief in the immortality of the soul, and impression and influence on the popular
the doctrine of a tormenting “hell.” Christian thought and teaching. His ‘Inferno’
was based on Virgil and Plato."
There is another book titled Dante and DANTE is reported to have been so
His Inferno, which sums up the history of the fascinated and enraptured by the ideas and
Christian-professing doctrine of HELL. This philosophies of PLATO and VIRGIL, who were
factual history says that “of all poets of modern pagan philosophers, that he believed they were
times, Dante Alighieri was, perhaps, the greatest divinely inspired. Here is an article on Virgil,
educator. He possibly had a greater influence on from the Americana: “Virgil, pagan Roman
the course of civilization than any other man poet, 70-19 B.C., belonged to the national school
since his day...he wrote, in incomprehensible of pagan Roman thought, influenced by the
verse, an imaginative and lurid account of a Greek writers. Christians of the Middle Ages,

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