Lisbeth S. Fried lizfried at
Mon Jan 28 17:42:18 EST 2002

I would like to point out, before
we get carried away here that extensive
archaological investigation has been carried out
of the area of Ben Himnom, or Topheth, and there
is absolutely no evidence that child sacrifice,
or any sacrifice, ever occurred there.
It was a garbage dump, and garbage was burned there.
The things that you're liable to find in the bible,
ain't necessa.., ain't necessa.., ain't necessarily so.
Liz Fried (and G.G.)

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Eric Hill [mailto:bhebrew at]
> Sent: Mon, January 28, 2002 3:55 PM
> To: Biblical Hebrew
> Subject: Re: Sacrifice.
> I think it's important to note that in both Jeremiah 7 and 19, the very
> place where the Israelites were sacrificing their children to Molech, YHWH
> says He will slaughter the Israelite people and bury them there (The
> Valley of Ben Hinnom or Topheth). In no way does the God of Israel condone
> human sacrifices. In fact He makes a point to remind the Hebrew people
> that the reason He is bringing His wrath on other nations is because of
> offerings such as this to other gods. It does not take a Hebrew scholar to
> distinguish between what God approves of and what He doesn't approve of.
> His character is consistent throughout Scripture.
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