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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  a  deep,  narrow  ravine  separating  Mount  Zion  from  the  so-called 
  "Hill  of  Evil  Counsel."  It  took  its  name  from  "some  ancient 
  hero,  the  son  of  Hinnom."  It  is  first  mentioned  in  Josh.  15:8. 
  It  had  been  the  place  where  the  idolatrous  Jews  burned  their 
  children  alive  to  Moloch  and  Baal.  A  particular  part  of  the 
  valley  was  called  Tophet,  or  the  "fire-stove,"  where  the 
  children  were  burned.  After  the  Exile,  in  order  to  show  their 
  abhorrence  of  the  locality,  the  Jews  made  this  valley  the 
  receptacle  of  the  offal  of  the  city,  for  the  destruction  of 
  which  a  fire  was  as  is  supposed,  kept  constantly  burning  there 
  The  Jews  associated  with  this  valley  these  two  ideas,  (1)  that 
  of  the  sufferings  of  the  victims  that  had  there  been  sacrificed; 
  and  (2)  that  of  filth  and  corruption.  It  became  thus  to  the 
  popular  mind  a  symbol  of  the  abode  of  the  wicked  hereafter.  It 
  came  to  signify  hell  as  the  place  of  the  wicked.  "It  might  be 
  shown  by  infinite  examples  that  the  Jews  expressed  hell,  or  the 
  place  of  the  damned,  by  this  word  The  word  Gehenna  [the  Greek 
  contraction  of  Hinnom]  was  never  used  in  the  time  of  Christ  in 
  any  other  sense  than  to  denote  the  place  of  future  punishment." 
  About  this  fact  there  can  be  no  question.  In  this  sense  the  word 
  is  used  eleven  times  in  our  Lord's  discourses  (Matt.  23:33;  Luke 
  12:5;  Matt.  5:22,  etc.). 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
  Hinnom,  there  they  are  their  riches