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18:15 Apr 5, 2001
English to Hebrew translations [Non-PRO]
English term or phrase: gehenna
In biblical times this term was use to describe lake of fire. What is the actual translation in english?

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naValley of (the sons of) HinnomRobert Jackson



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Valley of (the sons of) Hinnom

The g-y-' means "valley". Normally the word would be pronounced "gah-ee", but here in the so-called construct form (that is, followed by "of") it is pronounced "geh". Thus, Geh (bnei) Hinnom, Valley of (the sons of) Hinnom, indicating its erstwhile owners.

This valley lies to the west of Jerusalem and was used at various times for burning garbage or even for burning human sacrifices to the pagan god Moloch. It can be seen easily from Mt. Zion, which lies at the SW corner of the city. So you can stand on Zion (which symbolizes heaven in Scripture) and gaze down at Gehenna (which symbolized hell!) The spelling changed to Gehenna when the term passed through Greek.

Robert Jackson

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