Molech, Minotaurs, and Motherhood

Depiction of the idol of Molech
  1. Molech required the giving of children — typically the firstborn — to him as a human sacrifice (Leviticus 20:2–3).
  2. The sacrifices typically took place south of Jerusalem in the Valley of Hinnom (Jeremiah 32:35).
  3. The location of the sacrifices was known as Topheth, or “place of the drum,” where the children were burned alive (2 Kings 23:10).
  4. The priests of Molech would offer the children as food to Molech, or quite possibly even eat part of the burnt children themselves as Molech’s representatives (Ezekiel 23:37).
19th century illustration of Molech worship

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