- Hebrew: a cave
In the Old Testament times it was the place where the souls of the dead abide: the land of oblivion (Psalm 87); called Hades in the Greek New Testament (Luke 16), and later used as a synonym for Gehenna, the hell of torments, the Latin infernus. Souls were treated according to their merit; the just looked for liberation.
- “Sheol”. . CatholicSaints.Info. 13 June 2010. Web. 13 February 2016. <http://catholicsaints.info/sheol/>