Gehenna

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From ecclesiastical Latin gehenna, from Ancient Greek γέεννα (géenna), from Hebrew גֵּיהִנּוֹם (ge'henom, hell, literally valley of Hinnom).

Thought to be named after the Valley of Hinnom outside Jerusalem, which was constantly filled with the waste of the city, which was then burnt. Heinous deeds are also associated with this valley, as during the time when Jerusalem was ruled by non-Jews (referred to in scriptures simply as 'pagans') child sacrifice was practiced there.

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Gehenna

  1. In Judaism and the New Testament the place where some or all spirits are believed to go after death.
  2. one of various hells in Abrahamic religions, being the hell into which sinners are cast after judgment for eternal suffering
  3. depending on interpretation of religious texts, one of various names for just one hell
  4. a place of suffering and misery

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  • Matthew 23:33 – "Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of Gehenna?”

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  • (Christianity, uncountable): heaven

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Gehenna f

  1. Gehenna (one of various hells in Abrahamic religions)