Gehenna

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Ge·hen·na

 (gĭ-hĕn′ə)
n.
1. A place or state of torment or suffering.
2. The abode of condemned souls; hell.

[Late Latin, from Greek Geenna, from Hebrew gê' hinnōm, possibly short for gê' ben hinnōm, valley of the son of Hinnom, a valley south of Jerusalem : gê', valley of, bound form of gay', valley; see gyʔ in Semitic roots + hinnōm, personal name; see hnn in Semitic roots.]

Gehenna

(ɡɪˈhɛnə)
n
1. (Bible) Old Testament the valley below Jerusalem, where children were sacrificed and where idolatry was practised (II Kings 23:10; Jeremiah 19:6) and where later offal and refuse were slowly burned
2. (Bible) New Testament Judaism a place where the wicked are punished after death
3. a place or state of pain and torment
[C16: from Late Latin, from Greek Geena, from Hebrew Gê' Hinnōm, literally: valley of Hinnom, symbolic of hell]

Ge•hen•na

(gɪˈhɛn ə)

n.
1. the valley of Hinnom, near Jerusalem, where propitiatory sacrifices were made to Moloch. II Kings 23:10.
3. any place of extreme torment or suffering.
[< Late Latin < Greek Géenna < Hebrew Gē-Hinnōm hell, short for gē ben Hinnōm literally, valley of the son of Hinnom]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Gehenna - a place where the wicked are punished after deathGehenna - a place where the wicked are punished after death
infernal region, nether region, perdition, Inferno, Hell, pit - (Christianity) the abode of Satan and the forces of evil; where sinners suffer eternal punishment; "Hurl'd headlong...To bottomless perdition, there to dwell"- John Milton; "a demon from the depths of the pit"; "Hell is paved with good intentions"-Dr. Johnson
Translations
גהינוםגיא בן הינום
gehenna
gehenna
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Five hundred years after Abraham's dramatic object lesson about such practices, Manasseh's grandson Josiah will topple the ritual altars in the Valley of Hinnom just outside of Jerusalem so that no more children of Judah will pass through the fire (2 Kings 16:3; 17:17; 21:6; 23:10).
9)/ The depiction of hell as a valley might be inspired by the Hebrew Bible, where Gehenna, t he place of the dead, is identical with the Valley of Hinnom, and by Psalm 87: 5, which refers to hell as locus (Latin: basin, pit, trough).
Paradoxically, the earliest written biblical fragment comes from that time in the form of a tiny silver scroll or amulet with the inscription of the priestly blessing that was discovered in a burial cave above the Valley of Hinnom beside the road to Hebron.