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October 6, 2005

Night = Hell?

But in Hell it should always be dark;
To the darkness I give the name "night."

When I read this line, I was a bit taken aback. To me it seemed to make a connection between night and Hell because they are both dark, as if night is a bad thing. I wonder if this was really meant to be implied, or if I just misinterpreted it. I just can't think of any reason that the night and Hell would be referred to in a way that closely connects the two. (Then, of course, it has been a long time since I studied theology in any form.)

Posted by LorinSchumacher at October 6, 2005 8:20 AM


The sun as the source of light is often compared to the Son of God as the source of the Word of God, which elightens our dark minds. Without electric lights, the only form of light they would have at night would be fire, so they would be used to experiencing night-time events through the flickering shadows of a torch or bonfire.

Well, except for nights with a bright moon, but there's another whole set of emotional and cultural connections to moonlight.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at October 6, 2005 11:40 AM

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