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What Does the Bible
Really Say About Hell?
Wrestling with
the Traditional View

Randy Klassen

Foreword by Robert K. Johnston
Critical and affirming responses by Linford Stutzman, Nancy R. Heisey, Peter J. Dyck, and Delores Friesen


Comment: “Klassen is to be commended for writing this book. What he has done so well is examine carefully all significant references to hell in the Old and New Testaments and shown that none provides clear evidence of the existence of the commonly held view of hell.”
—Peter J. Dyck, Scottdale, Pennsylvania, is in active retirement, speaking and writing. His latest book is Getting Home Before Dark (Herald Press, 2001)

“Readers will be encouraged to focus on the grace of Jesus Christ, a grace not complete until the last sheep is found (Matt. 18) and the lost son comes home (Luke 15).”
—Robert K. Johnston, Professor of Theology and Culture, Fuller Theological Seminary

“This book resourcefully speaks to the fundamental questions that quite likely will draw readers to it, and in the process shows us all how serious and useful biblical interpretation can be done.”
—Nancy R. Heisey, Associate Professor of Biblical Studies and Church History, Eastern Mennonite University; President-Elect, Mennonite World Conference

“As always in Klassen’s work, the note of hope sounds clear and there is logic in the approach, buttressed by his searching of Scripture. There is also a boldness about it which is a great gift to the church: he presses readers to deal with the issue, whatever they may conclude.”
—Jim Hawkinson, former editor, The Covenant Companion;
Executive Secretary, Covenant Publications

“Every affirmer of a traditional hell must contend with Klassen’s statement that ‘there would no victory of God’s love if most people are left screaming in the flames of hell.’”
—Doug Stevens, Director, The Renewal Project

“Is hell real? Klassen has provided a response to this challenging question in a manner that steers clear of a pat answer.” More. . . .
—Rev. Evelyn Johnson, Conference Superintendent,
Pacific Southwest Conference of the Evangelical Covenant Church

Market: Church leaders; students; discussion groups (who will find study guide and extensive, diverse responses); all interested in a careful yet accessible exploration of what the Bible says about hell.

Shelving: Biblical interpretation; Theology—Anabaptist-Mennonite; Hell—Christian views of; Evangelism. BISAC: Religion. RTM: 690 Religion/Ethics.

The Author: For the past forty years, Randy Klassen, San Andreas, California, has served established churches and developed new ones, written many articles and books, including Jesus’ Word, Jesus’ Way (Herald Press, 1992), and done seminary teaching. He has painted many watercolors, some award-winning. As one who has known both failure and success, his greatest joy is sharing the gracious love of God

Publisher: Pandora Press U.S. (copublished with Herald Press)
Publication date: November 30, 2001
Pages: 160
Format: 5.5 x 8.5 trade paper
Prices: $13.95 US, $20.95 Can.
ISBN: 1-931038-02-3


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