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Title

TOPHETH HUMAN SACRIFICE ALTARS IN JERUSALEM ACCORDING TO OLD TESTAMENT AND ISLAMIC RESOURCES

Writers

NEYESTANI JAVAD

Pages

 Start Page 165 | End Page 174

Abstract

 The TOPHETH (in Ancient JERUSALEM), considered as a holly land in Canaanites period, it was the altar of human sacrifice in honor of BAAL. The history of the ritual, human sacrifice and the ceremonies accompanied with, among JEWISH people returns back to when the land of Canaan in Jordan Valley was occupied by the Israelite people leading by Joshua (ca.1426 B.C.). On these Altars the new born children especially males were consigned to fire! Jeremiah, the prophet in 6th century B.C., in opposition to this ritual called the TOPHETH region the Valley of Death. In Islamic sources this area has been mentioned as the place of doom. This article is to study the way this ritual, offering of first-born children especially of male children adopted by JEWISH people, in specific time span of their history under the Canaanites influence.

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