Sheol is the dwelling-place of the dead in the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament). In the Book of Job, it’s portrayed as a place from which the dead never return, as deep as heaven is high. At the same time, it isn’t the same as the later biblical concept of hell, and it isn’t just for the wicked. In his complaints, Job even says he’d prefer to hide in Sheol than continue to suffer affliction from God.
Sheol Term Timeline in Book of Job
The timeline below shows where the term Sheol appears in Book of Job. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.