Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)




The purpose of this study was to historically examine the concept of hell through the perspective of the social construction of reality theory of communication. A historical review of the original translated words was conducted and compared against four early English versions of The Bible. As a result of the research conducted it is possible to make a strong argument that the current concept of hell being a place of eternal punishment in the form of an afterlife is a concept that was socially constructed and still reified into current realities.


iv, 83 leaves ; 29 cm. Includes bibliographical references (leaves 48-51). Added Author: Pittsburg State University. Dept. of Communication.

Included in

Communication Commons



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.