Gehenna[gi hen′ə, gə-]
- a place of torment
Origin of Gehennasee Gehenna
Origin of GehennaEcclesiastical Late Latin ; from Classical Greek Geenna, hell ; from Classical Hebrew (language) gey hinom, where the kings Ahaz and Manasseh were said to have sacrificed their sons to Moloch
- A place or state of torment or suffering.
- The abode of condemned souls; hell.
Origin of GehennaLate Latin, from Greek Geenna, from Hebrew gê’ hinnōm, possibly short for gê’ ben hinnōm, valley of the son of Hinnom, a valley south of Jerusalem : gê’, valley of, bound form of gay’, valley; see gyℵ in Semitic roots + hinnōm, personal name; see hnn in Semitic roots.
- Alternative capitalization of Gehenna
- In Judaism and the New Testament the place where some or all spirits are believed to go after death.
- one of various hells in Abrahamic religions, being the hell into which sinners are cast after judgment for eternal suffering
- depending on interpretation of religious texts, one of various names for just one hell
- a place of suffering and misery
- (Christianity, uncountable): heaven
From ecclesiastical Latin gehenna, from Ancient Greek γέεννα (géenna), from Hebrew גֵּיהִנּוֹם (ge'henom, “hell, literally valley of Hinnom”).
Thought to be named after the Valley of Hinnom outside Jerusalem, which was constantly filled with the waste of the city, which was then burnt. Heinous deeds are also associated with this valley, as during the time when Jerusalem was ruled by non-Jews (referred to in scriptures simply as 'pagans') child sacrifice was practiced there.