What does Tophet mean?

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ˈtoʊ fɪt, -fɛtTophet

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  1. Tophet(Noun)

    A hellish place.

  2. Tophet(ProperNoun)

    A location near Jerusalem in the valley of Gehenna where children were burned alive as sacrifice.

  3. Origin: From תופת.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Tophet(noun)

    a place lying east or southeast of Jerusalem, in the valley of Hinnom


  1. Tophet

    In the Hebrew Bible Tophet or Topheth was a location in Jerusalem, in the Valley of Hinnom, where worshipers influenced by the Canaanite Pantheon sacrificed children to the gods Moloch and Baal by burning them alive. The Hebrew Bible also mentions what appears to be child sacrifice practiced at a place called the Tophet by the Canaanites. According to archaeologist Jonathan N. Tubb, "Ammonites, Moabites, Israelites and Phoenicians undoubtedly achieved their own cultural identities, and yet ethnically they were all Canaanites" "the same people who settled in farming villages in the region in the 8th millennium BC.". Tophet became a theological or poetic synonym for hell within Christendom. The traditional explanation that a burning rubbish heap in the Valley of Hinnom south of Jerusalem gave rise to the idea of a fiery Gehenna of judgment is attributed to Rabbi David Kimhi's commentary on Psalm 27:13. He maintained that in this loathsome valley fires were kept burning perpetually to consume the filth and cadavers thrown into it. However, Hermann Strack and Paul Billerbeck state that there is neither archaeological nor literary evidence in support of this claim, in either the earlier intertestamental or the later rabbinic sources.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Tophet

    tō′fet, n. a place at the south-east corner of Gehenna, or vale of Hinnom, to the south of Jerusalem, once the scene of idolatrous rites, later the common lay-stall of the city, in which fires were kept burning: the future place of torment for the damned. [Heb. tōpheth.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tophet in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Tophet in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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