“He descended into hell.”
That’s one possible explanation of what Jesus did between Good Friday and Easter.
For more than a millennium, Christians have uttered some version of that phrase as part of the Apostles’ Creed. And for nearly just as long, theologians have wrestled with what the phrase means or whether it should be included in the creed at all.
Early Methodist hymnals omitted the phrase altogether. The 1989 United Methodist Hymnal includes the likely more accurate translation, “He descended to the dead,” and mentions “descended into hell” only (to read more go to …)
- Places of the heart: Rural church at crossroads – UMC.org (barefootpreachr.org)