Aphek (Ay´fek; Heb., “fortress”?; also Aphik, Judg. 1:31)

1 A city-state on the coastal plain captured by Joshua (Josh 12:18). Its strategic value was used by the Philistines against hill-based Israelites both at Ebenezer (1Sam 4:1) and at Jezreel (1Sam 29:1). It is modern Ras el ‘Ain, some ten miles east of the Mediterranean coast and west and slightly north of Shiloh. The Herodian-Roman city Antipatris was built there as well. 2 A border town with the Amorites (Josh 13:4), probably modern Afqa, about fifteen miles east of ancient Byblos in Lebanon. 3 A town of the tribe of Asher (Josh 19:30), possibly modern Tell Kerdanah, three miles from Haifa and about six miles southeast of Acco. 4 A site some three miles from the eastern shore of the Sea of Galilee in the Transjordan, modern Fiq. It marked the location of Ahab’s victories against Syria’s Ben-hadad (1Kgs 20:26-30) and Joash’s defeat of Syria under Elisha’s instruction (2Kgs 13:14-25).

Josh 12:18

18the king of Aphek

the king of Lasharon

1Sam 4:1

1And the word of Samuel came to all Israel.
The Ark of God Captured
In those days the Philistines mustered for war against Israel, and Israel went out to battle ... View more

1Sam 29:1

The Philistines Reject David
1Now the Philistines gathered all their forces at Aphek, while the Israelites were encamped by the fountain that is in Jezreel.

Josh 13:4

4in the south, all the land of the Canaanites, and Mearah that belongs to the Sidonians, to Aphek, to the boundary of the Amorites,

Josh 19:30

30Ummah, Aphek, and Rehob—twenty-two towns with their villages.

1Kgs 20:26-30

26In the spring Ben-hadad mustered the Arameans and went up to Aphek to fight against Israel.27After the Israelites had been mustered and provisioned, they went ... View more

2Kgs 13:14-25

Death of Elisha
14Now when Elisha had fallen sick with the illness of which he was to die, King Joash of Israel went down to him, and wept before him, crying, “ ... View more

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