A high, fortified tower located either within a town (Judg 9:51; 2Chr 26:9) or elsewhere (2Chr 26:10), presumably at a strategic location. The obvious purpose was military: it was either a position to defend or a location from which to assess enemy troop movements. When erected in fortified towns, watchtowers were probably attached to and built into walls of the city and had a separate entrance (Judg 9:52). In fields, towers could serve both as a lookout and as a fieldhouse for owners of large properties.

Judg 9:51

51But there was a strong tower within the city, and all the men and women and all the lords of the city fled to it and shut themselves in; and they went to the ... View more

2Chr 26:9

9Moreover Uzziah built towers in Jerusalem at the Corner Gate, at the Valley Gate, and at the Angle, and fortified them.

2Chr 26:10

10He built towers in the wilderness and hewed out many cisterns, for he had large herds, both in the Shephelah and in the plain, and he had farmers and vinedres ... View more

Judg 9:52

52Abimelech came to the tower, and fought against it, and came near to the entrance of the tower to burn it with fire.

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