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Meaning of GEHENNA

Pronunciation:  gi'henu

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a place where the wicked are punished after death

GEHENNA is a 7 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: Tartarus
 See Also: Hell, infernal region, Inferno, nether region, perdition, the pit



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ge*hen"na\ (g[-e]*h[e^]n"n[.a]), n. [L. Gehenna, Gr.
Ge`enna, Heb. G[=e] Hinn[=o]m.] (Jewish Hist.)
The valley of Hinnom, near Jerusalem, where some of the
Israelites sacrificed their children to Moloch, which, on
this account, was afterward regarded as a place of
abomination, and made a receptacle for all the refuse of the
city, perpetual fires being kept up in order to prevent
pestilential effluvia. In the New Testament the name is
transferred, by an easy metaphor, to Hell.

      The pleasant valley of Hinnom. Tophet thence And black
      Gehenna called, the type of Hell.        --Milton.

Easton Bible Dictionary

(originally Ge bene Hinnom; i.e., "the valley of the sons of Hinnom"), a deep, narrow glen to the south of Jerusalem, where the idolatrous Jews offered their children in sacrifice to Molech (2 Chr. 28:3; 33:6; Jer. 7:31; 19:2-6). This valley afterwards became the common receptacle for all the refuse of the city. Here the dead bodies of animals and of criminals, and all kinds of filth, were cast and consumed by fire kept always burning. It thus in process of time became the image of the place of everlasting destruction. In this sense it is used by our Lord in Matt. 5:22, 29, 30; 10:28; 18:9; 23:15, 33; Mark 9:43, 45, 47; Luke 12:5. In these passages, and also in James 3:6, the word is uniformly rendered "hell," the Revised Version placing "Gehenna" in the margin. (See HELL; HINNOM.)