Tophet To"phet, n. [Heb. t[=o]phet, literally, a place to be spit upon, an abominable place, fr. t[=u]ph to spit out.] A place lying east or southeast of Jerusalem, in the valley of Hinnom. [Written also {Topheth}.] [1913 Webster]

And he defiled Topheth, which is in the valley of the children of Hinnom. --2 Kings xxiii. 10. [1913 Webster]

Note: It seems to have been at first part of the royal garden, but it was afterwards defiled and polluted by the sacrifices of Baal and the fires of Moloch, and resounded with the cries of burning infants. At a later period, its altars and high places were thrown down, and all the filth of the city poured into it, until it became the abhorrence of Jerusalem, and, in symbol, the place where are wailing and gnashing of teeth. [1913 Webster]

The pleasant valley of Hinnom, Tophet thence And black Gehenna called, the type of hell. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • tophet — ● tophet nom masculin Sanctuaire phénicien où l on pratiquait des sacrifices humains. (Le plus connu est celui de Carthage où, entre le VIIIe s. et 146 avant J. C., se sont accumulés des ossements calcinés d enfants.) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Tophet — or Topheth [tō′fet΄] n. [ME < Heb tofet] 1. Bible a place near Jerusalem where human sacrifices were made to Molech: 2 Kings 23:10 2. hell …   English World dictionary

  • Tophet — For the sacred precinct of Carthage with that name, see Carthage. Tophet or Topheth (Hebrew:תופת ha tōpheth) is believed to be a location in Jerusalem, in the Valley of Hinnom, where the Canaanites sacrificed children to the god Moloch by burning …   Wikipedia

  • Tophet — Als Tofet (hebr. תֹּפֶת) bezeichnen einige Stellen im Tanach, der hebräischen Bibel, eine Opferstätte der früheren Religion Kanaans, wo Kinder geopfert worden sein sollen.[1] An anderer Stelle bedeutet der Ausdruck soviel wie „Gespei“, „Gespött“ …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Tophet — Cette page d’homonymie répertorie les différents sujets et articles partageant un même nom. Tophet de Sant Antioco Le terme Tophet peut désigner  …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Tophet —    =Topheth, from Heb. toph a drum, because the cries of children here sacrificed by the priests of Moloch were drowned by the noise of such an instrument; or from taph or toph, meaning to burn, and hence a place of burning, the name of a… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • Tophet — noun A location near Jerusalem in the valley of Gehenna where children were burned alive as sacrifice. And they have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the valley of the son of Hinnom, to burn their sons and their daughters in the fire; …   Wiktionary

  • Tophet — noun Etymology: Middle English, shrine south of ancient Jerusalem where human sacrifices were performed to Moloch in Jeremiah 7:31, Gehenna, from Late Latin Topheth, from Hebrew tōpheth Date: 14th century hell, Gehenna …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Tophet — /toh fit, fet/, n. Bible. 1. a place in the valley of Hinnom, near Jerusalem, where, contrary to the law, children were offered as sacrifices, esp. to Moloch. It was later used as a dumping ground for refuse. 2. the place of punishment for the… …   Universalium

  • Tophet — Tọphet,   Tọfet, im Alten Testament Opferstätte im Hinnomtal bei Jerusalem, an der Kinderopfer dargebracht wurden und die deshalb als Ausdruck besonderer Sündhaftigkeit galt (2. Könige 23, 10; Jeremia 7, 31 ff. und 19, 6). Im archäologischen… …   Universal-Lexikon

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