occurs only in Amos 5:26 (RSV marg., "shrine"). The LXX. translated the word by Rhephan, which became corrupted into Remphan, as used by Stephen ( Acts 7:43 ; but RSV, "Rephan"). Probably the planet Saturn is intended by the name. Astrologers represented this planet as baleful in its influences, and hence the Phoenicians offered to it human sacrifices, especially children.
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
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[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[S] indicates this entry was also found in Smith's Bible Dictionary
Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Chiun". "Easton's Bible Dictionary".