In Judaism and the New Testament the place where some or all spirits are believed to go after death.
Origin of Gehenna
Late 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 gyℵ in Semitic roots hinnōm personal name hnn in Semitic roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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.
From ecclesiastical Latin gehenna, from Ancient Greek γέεννα (géenna), from Hebrew גֵּיהִנּוֹם (ge'henom, “hell, literally valley of Hinnom”).
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