How often did Jesus talk about hell?
I wish I had a nickle for every time I heard someone say this: "Jesus spoke about hell and eternal punishment more than anyone else in the Bible." Often the line is added at the end, "...more than everyone else in the Bible put together!" But I'd like to get some feedback on this. Do you think Jesus spoke about eternal torment more than anyone else in Scripture? Did he speak about it occasionally? Did he even speak about it at all?
Of course Jesus spoke to his contemporaries about judgment, but do any of those occurrences of judgment-language qualify as eternal torment after death? Or is the intended meaning more often (or perhaps even always) concerned with temporal judgment resulting in death? And as a sub-question to this, is Jesus' use of the word "Gehenna" intended to be (a) a picture of eternal torment after death, (b) a picture of the finality of God's postmortem judgment, or (c) a picture of the temporal fate of Jerusalem if it did not accept his offer of peace (i.e. the Roman armies would come and turn the city into a smoldering rubbish heap)? Or perhaps a combination of these?
For all who have thoughts on this and would like to reply, I do have one guideline: I would like to keep all discussion centered on the relevant material in the four gospels, and not the Bible in general, since the question has to do with what Jesus himself said, not what Paul or Peter or Isaiah said. Thanks in advance for your replies!
"Test all things; hold fast what is good." - Advice from the Apostle Paul