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CARM Theological Dictionary

Gehenna

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Originally, a location southwest of Jerusalem where children were burned as sacrifices to the god Molech. It later became a garbage dump with a continuous burning of trash. Therefore, it was used biblically, to illustrate the abode of the damned in Christian and Jewish theology. Gehenna is mentioned in Mark 9:43ff and Matthew 10:28 as the place of punishment of unquenchable fire where both the body and soul of the wicked go after death. It is apparently the future abode of Satan and his angels (Matthew 25:41).


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Entry for 'Gehenna'. CARM Theological Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ctd/g/gehenna.html. 2013.

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