• 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.

MLA Citation

  • “Sheol”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 13 June 2010. Web. 30 November 2021. <>