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May 2006

Be not afraid

Jesus made use of the word 'Gehenna' ('hell) eleven times.  Now Gehenna was a physical place - the Valley of the Son of Hinnom south-east of Jerusalem. (Gai Ben Hinnom in Hebrew)

In his time, it was the local 'rubbish' dump, a place of 'vile' things, animal carcases and the bodies of executed criminals. Permanent fires burned there (according to some stories, with the addition of brimstone) to prevent outbreaks of disease.

But this same Valley of Hinnom had a more sinister past...

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