(behn-hihn' nuhm) Place name meaning, “son of Hinnom.” A valley south of Jerusalem serving as northern border of tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:8
) and southern boundary of tribe of Benjamin (Joshua 18:16
). Pagan child sacrifices occurred here, some kings of Judah included (Ahaz, 2 Chronicles 28:3
; Manasseh, 2 Chronicles 33:6
). Jeremiah announced God's judgment on the valley because of such practices (Jeremiah 19:1-15
). The valley would be renamed, “valley of slaughter” (Jeremiah 19:6
). The sin of the valley gave God reason to bring the Babylonians to destroy Jerusalem (Jeremiah 32:35
). King Josiah defiled and did away with the altars there (2 Kings 23:10
). The valley served as the northern boundary of the Judean villages where the returning exiles settled (Nehemiah 11:30
These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.
Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Ben-Hinnom'. Holman Bible Dictionary. http://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/b/ben-hinnom.html. 1991.
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