Why did Jesus "descend into hell"?

Switzer, John
March 2013
U.S. Catholic;Mar2013, Vol. 78 Issue 3, p46
The article explains the doctrine which reminds individuals that the saving power of Christ is for all times and all peoples, even those who entered and passed from human history prior to his death and resurrection. It notes that the so-called "harrowing of hell" doctrine proclaims total victory of the divine conqueror over Satan. It also cites New Testament texts which imply how Christ might have accomplish the salvation of those who lived before his appearance in human history.


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