I just read two interesting things; first thing is that Gehenna or the Valley of Hinnom was never a trash heap and this is a fabrication from A.D.1200. The second is that the knot tied around the High Priests ankle never existed and would have actually violated Lev. 13:3,4.
The Valley of Hinnom was a place where idolatrous Jews burned their children in sacrifice to false gods (Jeremiah 7:30-32). In Isaiah we see references to the Valley of Hinnom being a place of punishment and for the dead (Isa 30:33 and Isa 66:24). It is kind of funny, we cannot find any writings or evidence (archeological) of Gehenna being a trash dump (The earliest writing being A.D. 1200), yet it is widely taught and used as a picture of Hell. Many of those who teach a non-eternal hell use the "garbage dump" myth to prove their points; proving that Gehenna was never a garbage dump is one less "proof" they have.
The Myth of the High Priests HoHBR (Holy of Holies Body Retriever)
"But in this way Aaron shall come into the Holy Place: with a bull from the herd for a sin offering and a ram for a burnt offering. 4 He shall put on the holy linen coat and shall have the linen undergarment on his body, and he shall tie the linen sash around his waist, and wear the linen turban; these are the holy garments. He shall bathe his body in water and then put them on."
Nowhere do we see anything about a rope tied to the High Priests ankle in case he died while in the Temple's Holy of Holies. This myth was perpetuated by a 13th century Jewish writing known as The Zohar. John Gill in his exposition states that "The Jews say..." The problem is that The Zohar was not a fully accepted Jewish history book or doctrinal statement. Gill whether intentional or not misleads us into believing that the rope myth is fact and validated by the Jews acceptance of it. The Second and last Temple constructed was destroyed in A.D. 70 the myth was invented in the 13th Century. I guess that it is not a huge deal, but somewhat comical in its own way by its widespread use as an illustration for God's call to fear Him and obey Him.
I invite anybody to reprove me or show earlier proof of either statement. Please chime in and tell me what you think. whether positive negative or indifferent.