(Hebrew: molech, king)

A divinity worshiped by the idolatrous Israelites, his cult being supposed to have been introduced into Israel by Solomon (3 Kings 11); a form of Baal, representing the sun-god in his destructive aspect. His worship consisted of offering human sacrifices, especially children, causing them to "pass through the fire" after they had been put to death (4 Kings 16, 17).

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