“Do not give any of your children to be sacrificed to Molek, for you must not profane the name of your God. I am the LORD.” -Leviticus 18:21
In the Old Testament, Gehenna was a valley by Jerusalem, where apostate Israelites and followers of pagan gods sacrificed their children by fire (2 Chr. 28:3, 33:6; Jer. 7:31, 19:2–6).
One of those gods was Moloch (aka Molech, Molekh, Molok, Molek, Molock, Moloc, Melech, Milcom or Molcom), an ancient Ammonite god who demanded a particular kind of propitiatory child sacrifice by parents.
Judaic rabbinical tradition depicted Moloch as a bronze statue heated with fire into which the child victims were thrown. According to medieval French rabbi Rashi (acronym for RAbbi SHlomo Itzhaki):
Moloch … was made of brass; and they heated him from his lower parts; and his hands being stretched out, and made hot, they put the child between his hands, and it was burnt; when it vehemently cried out; but the priests beat a drum, that the father might not hear the voice of his son, and his heart might not be moved.
Indeed, there are reports by Greco-Roman authors on child sacrifices in Carthage (in today’s Tunisia) to Baal Hammon, the chief god of Carthage. Those reports are bolstered by archaeological excavations since the 1920s of evidence of child sacrifice in Carthage as well as inscriptions of the term MLK, which is either a theonym (the name of a god or deity) or a technical term associated with sacrificial rites.
In 1966, Australian archeologist John Basil Hennessy found in excavations of a 1400-1250 BC temple at Amman evidence of human and animal sacrifice by fire. Hennesy reported his findings in the Palestine Exploration Quarterly (1966). In a private communication with G.J. Wenham, Hennessy wrote that “At least 75% of them (the bones found) belong to children between the ages of 3 and 14“.
Abortion is the modern-day child sacrifice to Moloch. (See “‘I’m a millionaire because I had an abortion!’: Abortion and Moloch”)
Given who Moloch is, one has to wonder why Verizon Media named its third annual conference in 2019 “Moloch,” akin to calling its conference “Satan”.
Note: Verizon Media is a division of Verizon Communications which focusses on media and the Internet. Verizon Media was formed from the merger of AOL and Yahoo!, which Verizon Communications had acquired in 2015 and 2017, respectively.
Breathlessly reporting for Verizon.com, Elyse Rinne, a software engineer at Verizon Media, wrote on August 5, 2019:
We’re excited to share the 3rd Annual MolochON will be held on October 1st, 2019 in Sunnyvale, California, at the Verizon Media (formerly Yahoo!) Campus.
MolochON is an annual conference hosted by the creators of Moloch.
Moloch is a large scale, open source, indexed packet capture and search system. It’s used within Verizon Media and other companies to help store and index network traffic for analysis. If your company has a network security team as part of your “Blue Team” you’ll want to attend this event. Best of all, attendance is free….
After the conference, enjoy our complimentary happy hour where we’ll party like network security professionals and we’ll swap stories about how we catch the bad actors.
Hope to see you there!
The CEO of Verizon Media is a man whose first name is Guru, I kid you not. In Hinduism, “guru” means a spiritual guide.