It is sometimes said that Jesus talked more about hell than heaven. For example, “If you call your brother a worthless fool, you will be in danger of going to the fire of hell” (Matthew 5:22). What is Jesus referring to?
It is easy to superimpose our preconceived notion of hell and to then assume that we know exactly what Jesus was talking about. The “hell” that Jesus spoke of is “Gehenna” or the “Valley of Hinnom.” To understand the significance of this valley and the meaning Jesus had in mind, we must do some footwork in the Old Testament and Jeremiah is the best place to piece this story together.