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Fausset's Bible Dictionary

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Hebrew - Aphek
Aphek -

("strength".)

1. Same as Aphekah (Joshua 15:58). A Canaanite royal city, the king of which was killed by Joshua (Joshua 12:18).

2. In the extreme N. of Asher (Joshua 19:30). The Aphik from which the Canaanites were not expelled (Judges 1:31). Probably too the Aphek on the N." border of the Amorites" (Joshua 13:4-5), the Aphaca of the classics, famed for Venus' temple, now Afka, on the N.W. slopes of Lebanon; mentioned in company with Baal-Gad, the other northern sanctuary.

3. The place of the Philistines' encampment before the Israelites' defeat in which Eli's sons were killed and the ark was taken (1 Samuel 4); also before the battle in which Saul was slain (1 Samuel 29); on the Philistines' high road to Jezreel.

4. On the road from Syria to Israel (1 Kings 20:25-26), in the level plain E. of Jordan; a common field of battles with Syria. (2 Kings 13:17). Now Fik; at the head of the wady Fik, six miles E. of the sea of Galilee, still on the great road between Damascus, Nabulus, and Jerusalem.


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These dictionary topics are from Fausset Bible Dictionary, 1949. Public Domain.

Bibliography Information
Fausset, Andrew R. "Entry for 'Aphek'". "Fausset Bible Dictionary".
<http://classic.studylight.org/dic/fbd/view.cgi?number=T284>. 1949.

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