BAR 10:01, Jan/Feb 1984
Child Sacrifice at CarthageReligious Rite or Population Control?
Archaeological evidence provides basis for a new analysis
Tophet is a Biblical word. It is the name of a place that was on the south side of ancient Jerusalem in the Valley of Ben-Hinnom, where the Israelites sacrificed their children by fire. It may even refer to the altar on which the sacrifices took place. The book of the prophet Jeremiah describes it: