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A god to whom there are a number of references in the Bible (Leviticus 18: 21; 20: 2–4; Deuteronomy 18: 10; 2 Kings 16: 3; 17: 17; 21: 6; 23: 10). In some of these references the worship of Molech consists of passing children through the fire. Whatever the original meaning of ‘giving his seed to Molech’, the Mishnah (Sanhedrin 7: 7) defines the offence of Molech-worship on the basis of the biblical verses in which passing through fire is mentioned.

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