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Encyclopedia of the Bible and its Reception

Volume 16
Editor(s): Christine Helmer, Steven L. McKenzie, Thomas Römer, Jens Schröter, Barry Dov Walfish, Eric J. Ziolkowski
De Gruyter (Berlin, Boston) 2018


Diego Sbacchi

Limbo was never a dogma of the Catholic Church but only a theological hypothesis that was abandoned in 2007, when an official document ruled that the “intermediate, natural, destiny gained by the grace of Christ” had no reason to exist “in view of a greater theological hope”; therefore, there are “two possible ends for a human being in such an order: either the vision of God or hell” (Sharkey/Weinandy: 397). Limbo was conjectured, however, in light of the belief in Christ’s descent into hell (t…

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