On Aphek

“Aphek”, meaning “enclosure”, “stronghold”, or “strength” is the name of several Biblical cities. Let us find out their locations.

The first Aphek in the Bible is Antipatris (32° 6’18″N, 34°55’48″E). It is mentioned in Joshua 12:18, 1 Sam 4:1, and 1 Sam 29:1 (30:1). The second Aphek is the one of Asher. It may be at Tell Kurdeinah, or Tel Afek, in Ein Afek Nature Reserve. There should also be a third, Aramean Aphek at the Damasco-Samarian border, mentioned only in Kings. A possible, but unlikely candidate for this Aphek may be at the plain northeast of modern Afik, Golan Heights. The fourth and last Aphek, of Joshua 13:4, may be the Asherite Aphek, but is, due to the use of “as far as” to refer to a northwardly direction in the next verse, most likely identified with Afqa, Lebanon, which was probably at the border of the state and later territory or land of Amurru.

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

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