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Babylonian Talmud, ‘Erubin 19a' Joshua b. Levi said: The Gehenna/Gehinnom has seven names; Sheol, Abaddon, Beer Shahat, Tit ha-Yawen, Sha’are Mawet, Sha’are Zalmawet, and Gehenna.

What exactly is ment by Gehinnom (I know that its name was borrowed from that of a real valley mentioned in the Tenach, and I know what it serves for; a cleansing process) and what are its seven names refer to (just looking for the meanings since some of these names are used in verses like Mishlei 15:11 and I wonder if they have more meaning behind it)?

  • "what [do] its seven names refer to": presumably to it. – msh210 Sep 24 '15 at 6:34
  • Try the Malbim - he tends to explain why things are called by different names. – Danny Schoemann Sep 24 '15 at 8:10
  • I don't know much about it, but I have been to Gey (ben) Hinnom and it seems a nice enough place – Noach MiFrankfurt Sep 24 '15 at 17:25
  • Actually, in the times of Shlomo HaMelech, that particular valley was used for sacrifices to the Molech, IRCC. – Noach MiFrankfurt Sep 24 '15 at 17:28

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