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(toh' feht) Name for a place in the Hinnom Valley outside Jerusalem derived from Aramaic or Hebrew meaning, “fireplace,” but altered by Hebrew scribes to mean “shameful thing” because of the illicit worship carried on there (Jeremiah 7:31-32 ; KJV, “Tophet”). Child sacrifice was practiced at Tophet, leading the prophet to declare a slaughter of people there when God would come in vengeance (Jeremiah 19:6-11 ). See Hinnom, Valley of .

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Tophet'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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