Gehenna Valley. Once apparently a city dump for Jerusalem and possibly a place where Israelites sacrifice to idos. Jesus used it as a symbol of God's punishment for sin, perhaps because some thought that the idol sacrifices offered there were a reason God let the Jews get conquered and exiled. When Jesus talks about the valley in those terms, translators created an English word to express the idea: Hell.
Model of Jerusalem Model of Jerusalem in the time of Jesus Christ, with the Temple, Fortress of Antonia, Sheep Gate, Pools of Bethesda, Pool of Siloam. Temple The Jewish Temple in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus was built by King Herod, beginning between 20-18 BCE. The Temple was a major cultural, religious, and political center of the Jewish people. It was located on the Temple Mount, a large platform of stone that covered an area of about 36 acres. The Temple was made up of various components. This included the Courtyard of the Gentiles, the Women's Courtyard, the Court... Read more
Map Jerusalem temple
Map Jerusalem temple during the time of Jesus. King Herod began work on this temple, which Romans destroyed in AD 70.
Jerusalem in First Century AD
Map Gehenna Valley
Map Gehenna Valley, location of an ancient trash heap and where Israelite kings once sacrificed their sons.
Gehenna trash heap