Hinnom valley

Hinnom valley
A depression just west of Jerusalem where children were sacrificed in idolatrous rites (Jer. 7:31), though forbidden by Josiah (2 Kgs. 23:10). The Hebrew Gehenna (= ‘valley of Hinnon’) came to mean hell (Mark 9:43, NRSV and REB; ‘Gehenna’ in NRSV marg.).

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  • Hinnom —    A deep, narrow ravine separating Mount Zion from the so called Hill of Evil Counsel. It took its name from some ancient hero, the son of Hinnom. It is first mentioned in Josh. 15:8. It had been the place where the idolatrous Jews burned their… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Valley —    1) Heb. bik ah, a cleft of the mountains (Deut. 8:7; 11:11; Ps. 104:8; Isa. 41:18); also a low plain bounded by mountains, as the plain of Lebanon at the foot of Hermon around the sources of the Jordan (Josh. 11:17; 12:7), and the valley of… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Hinnom — n. deep and narrow valley located west and south of Jerusalem where Jews who worshiped idols burned their children alive as a sacrifice to Moloch and Baal …   English contemporary dictionary

  • JERUSALEM — The entry is arranged according to the following outline: history name protohistory the bronze age david and first temple period second temple period the roman period byzantine jerusalem arab period crusader period mamluk period …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Gehenna — for the Polish film see Gehenna (film) Gehennam (or gehenom or gehinom (גהינום)) is the Jewish hell or purgatory. In English, Jews commonly use the term hell in place of gehenna. The name derived from the burning garbage dump near Jerusalem (the… …   Wikipedia

  • Jerusalem (Before A.D. 71) — • This article deals with the destruction by the Romans after it had become the scene of the Redemption Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Jerusalem (Before A.D. 71)     Jerusalem (Before A.D. 71) …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • GEHINNOM — (Heb. גֵּי בֶן־הִנֹּם, גֵּי בְנֵי הִנֹּם, גֵּיא בֶן־הִנֹּם, גֵּיא הִנֹּם; Gr. Γέεννα; Valley of Ben Hinnom, Valley of (the Son (s) of) Hinnom, Gehenna), a valley south of Jerusalem on one of the borders between the territories of Judah and… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • NETHERWORLD — NETHERWORLD, the abode of the dead. The peoples of the Ancient Near East had elaborate doctrines concerning the dead and their abode. The Egyptians were very optimistic concerning the afterlife. They believed that ceremonies of mummification,… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Mark 9 — For other uses, see Mark IX (disambiguation). Gospel of Mark Mark 1 Mark 2 Mark 3 Mark 4 Mark 5 Mark 6 Mark 7 Mark 8 Mark 9 Mark 10 Mark 11 Mark 12 Mark 13 Mark 14 …   Wikipedia

  • gyʾ — Assumed root of Hebrew gayʾ, valley. Gehenna, from Hebrew gêʾ (ben) hinnōm, valley of (the son of) Hinnom, from gêʾ, bound form of gayʾ, valley (hinnōm, a man s name; see hnn). * * * …   Universalium

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