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Abbreviated form of Gey Ben Hinnom, ‘Valley of Ben Hinnom’, a place where children were burned in fire in the worship of Molech (2 Kings 23: 10). Because of the association with burning in fire the name Gehinnom (or, from the Greek, Gehenna) became the name in post-biblical Judaism (and in the New Testament) for the place of torment of the wicked after death. Thus Gehinnom and its opposite Gan Eden are synonymous with heaven and hell.

Subjects: Judaism and Jewish Studies.

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