Hinnom

Hinnom (Hin´uhm)

Valley of, a valley known also as the “Valley of the Son [or Sons] of Hinnom.” It was probably the Wadi er-Rababi, beginning west of Jerusalem near the present Jaffa Gate, and curving around south of the Old City to join the Kidron Valley. It was entered from the Potsherd Gate (Jer 19:2; Jer 19:6), and formed part of the boundary between Judah and Benjamin (Josh 15:8; Josh 18:16; Neh 11:30). It is notorious in the OT as the scene of much idolatry, including the sacrifice of children, especially under Ahaz and Manasseh (mid-eighth to mid-seventh century BCE) and again in Jeremiah’s day (Jer 7:30-34; Jer 32:35), despite the abolition of such practices by Josiah (2Kgs 23:10). Such evil associations caused its Greek name, Gehenna, to be identified with hell (Matt 5:22; Matt 5:29; Matt 23:15; Matt 23:33; Mark 9:43; Mark 9:47; Jas 3:6).

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Josh 15:8

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Jer 7:30-34

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Mark 9:47

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