Offering children as a human sacrifice is attested in the Bible as a "foreign" practice among Israelites. Such children were burnt. Evidence from Phoenician archaeology seems to confirm such a practice among the descendants of Canaanite culture.
The Bible texts describe such human sacrifices as offered to - or possibly "as" - molek (Lev 18:21; 20:2, 3, 4, 5; 1 Kgs 11:7; 2 Kgs 23:10; Jer 32:35).
In Judah such offerings were made in the Hinnom valley outside Jerusalem, and the location was known as "tophet". This aberration particularly associated with the reigns of Ahaz (2 Kgs 16:3) and Manasseh (2 Kgs 21:6).
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