Tophet

A valley near Jerusalem, where children were made to “pass through the fire to Moloch.” Josiah threw dead bodies, ordure, and other unclean things there, to prevent all further application of the place to religious use. (2 Kings xxiii. 10, 11.) Here Sennacherib's army was destroyed. (Isaiah xxx. 31-33.) The valley was also called “Gehinnom” (valley of Hinnom), corrupted into Gehenna; and Rabbi Kimchi tells us that a perpetual fire was kept burning in it to consume the dead bodies, bones, filth, and ordure deposited there.

(Hebrew, toph, a drum. When children were offered to Moloch, their shrieks were drowned by beat of drum.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

More on Tophet from Fact Monster:

  • Tophet - Tophet Tophet , in the Bible, place near Jerusalem, in the valley of Hinnom, associated with the ...
  • Molech - Molech Molech or Moloch, Canaanite god of fire to whom children were offered in sacrifice; he is ...
  • Hinnom - Hinnom Hinnom , valley, W and S of Jerusalem. Its ill repute in the Bible emanated from the worship ...
  • hell - hell hell, in Western monotheistic religions, eternal abode of souls damned by the judgment of God. ...
  • Encyclopedia: Biblical Proper Names - Encyclopeadia articles concerning Biblical Proper Names.

Related Content