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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.]
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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]
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(gɪˈhɛn ə)

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]
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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
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We rode across the Valley of Hinnom, between two of the Pools of Gihon, and by an aqueduct built by Solomon, which still conveys water to the city.
Nor content with such Audacious neighbourhood, the wisest heart Of SOLOMON he led by fraud to build His Temple right against the Temple of God On that opprobrious Hill, and made his Grove The pleasant Vally of HINNOM, TOPHET thence And black GEHENNA call'd, the Type of Hell.
Our guide Ikey Korin started off with, "Now we go to hell!" as we rounded a steep bend, pointing out Gehenna, the valley of Hinnom, where child sacrifices were held in ancient times.
The immolation of innocent children in the capital city of Jerusalem was an important reason for Jeremiah's prophetic denunciation of his contemporaries in a message delivered in the Hinnom Valley, the infamous location of the Topheth.
Additional projects include a rope bridge to conjoin the Hinnom Valley between Abu Tor and Mount Zion.
It literally means the Valley of the son of Hinnom. Interestingly even Muslims use the word GEHENNAM for Hell.
The Book of Jeremiah tells us that the Valley of Hinnom in Jerusalem, just south-west of the Old City walls, is where idolaters would "pass their sons and daughters through the fire", in worship of Moloch.
Nevertheless, although both henotheistic Yahwism and a diverse polytheism co-existed for some time until after the exile, Hess emphasizes pieces such as the seventh-century Ketef Hinnom amulets to demonstrate the strength of Israelite monotheism.
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).
(1.) It is generally believed that the Assyrians encamped in the Valley of Hinnom and that the spot chosen for their attempted brainwashing of the city's inhabitants was "opposite the upper pool, the receptacle for the Gihon waters flowing through the recently completed tunnel." This spot would have been chosen "to impress the Jerusalemites with the fact that, all their efforts and preparations notwithstanding, there was no escape from Sennacherib" (Herzog and Gichon, Battles of the Bible, p.
If I had to choose from the early inscriptions, I'd vote for the two amulets found at Ketef Hinnom, outside the walls of Jerusalem, from about the sixth century BCE.
Songs such as Hinnom, TX and Perth flitted between gentle, almost not-there melodies and huge explosions of emotive noise, made possible by a nine-piece band who regularly switched instruments whenever a song called for brass, strings or more percussion.