Aphek
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Aphek

Aphekah, Aphik, strength; a rapid torrent

Smith's Bible Dictionary
Aphek

(strength), the name of several places in Palestine.

  1. A royal city of the Canaanites, the king of which was killed by Joshua, (Joshua 12:18) probably the same as APHEKAH in (Joshua 15:53)
  2. A city, apparently in the extreme north of Asher, (Joshua 19:30) from which the Canaanites were not ejected, (Judges 1:31) though here it is APHIK. This is probably the same place as APHEK, (Joshua 13:4) on the extreme north "border of the Amorites,"; identified with the Aphaca of classical times, the modern Afka .
  3. A place at which the Philistines encamped while the Israelites pitched in Eben-ezer, before the fatal battle in which the sons of Eli were killed and the ark was taken. (1 Samuel 4:1) This would be somewhere to the northwest of and at no great distance from Jerusalem.
  4. The scene of another encampment of the Philistines, before an encounter not less disastrous than that just named, --the defeat and death of Saul. (1 Samuel 29:1) It is possible that it may be the same place as the preceding.
  5. A city on the military road from Syria to Israel. (1 Kings 20:26) It is now found in Fik , at the head of the Wady Fik , six miles east of the Sea of Galilee.
ATS Bible Dictionary
Aphek

strength

1. A city in Lebanon, assigned to the tribe of Asher, Joshua 13:4; 19:30; but not subdued, Jude 1:31. Its site may be still found in Mount Lebanon, called Aphka.

2.A city of the tribe of Issachar, in the valley of Jezreel, noted in the wars with Philistines, 1 Samuel 4:1; 29:1.

3.A city five miles east of the sea of Galilee, the walls of which fell upon twenty-seven thousand Syrians under Benhadad, after his defeat by the Israelites, 1 Kings 20:26-34.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
APHEK

a'-fek ('apheq, "fortress"; Aphek):

(1) In Joshua 12:18 we should probably read with the Septuagint "the king of Aphek in Sharon." This may correspond to Aphek in 1 Samuel 4:1. It was a royal city of the Canaanites whose king was slain by Joshua. Probably it is the Aphek mentioned by Josephus as being near to Antipatris (BJ, II, xix, 1). Kakon, a strong position commanding the main entrance to Samaria might suit; but the name has perished.

(2) (Greek Taphek or Apheka): A city in the lot of Asher (Joshua 13:4). The inhabitants were not ejected by Asher, nor is it said that they became tributary (Judges 1:31). In this passage it is written 'aphiq (Hebrew). It may be represented by 'Afqa on Nahr Ibrahim, although this is probably farther north than we should expect.

(3) To this place the Philistines gathered their hosts, while the Israelites pitched by the fountain which is in Jezreel (1 Samuel 29:1). It has been generally supposed that these two positions were over against each other, and that therefore Aphek must be sought in the plain of Esdraelon. No place answering this description has been found here. Fuqu`ah on Mount Gilboa is plainly impossible. If, however, this was only the rallying point of the Philistines from which they went up to Jezreel (1 Samuel 29:11), it may be identical with the Aphek in the plain of Sharon (compare 1 Samuel 29:1 above).

(4) A city on the plateau east of the Jordan, where disaster befell Benhadad (1 Kings 20:26, 30). The same place may be intended in 2 Kings 13:17. The modern Fiq or Afiq (for both forms are heard) on the brow of the hill beyond Qal`at el-Chucn, east of the Sea of Galilee, probably represents this ancient city.

W. Ewing

Strong's Hebrew
663. Apheq -- perhaps "fortress," the name of several places in ...
... perhaps "fortress," the name of several places in Palestine. Transliteration: Apheq
Phonetic Spelling: (af-ake') Short Definition: Aphek. ... Aphek, Aphik. ...
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Library

How Hadad King of Damascus and of Syria, Made Two Expeditions ...
... of the spring, Benhadad took his army with him, and led it against the Hebrews;
and when he was come to a certain city which was called Aphek, he pitched his ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 14 how hadad king.htm

Tiglath-Pileser iii. And the Organisation of the Assyrian Empire ...
... of kings was accompanied by one of those revolutions which had done so much to weaken
Damascus: Jehoash rebelled and defeated Ben-hadad near Aphek and in three ...
/.../chapter iitiglath-pileser iii and the.htm

The King --Continued.
... not right with God, the presence which they had invoked became their ruin, and Israel
was shattered, and "the ark of God taken," on the fatal field of Aphek. ...
//christianbookshelf.org/maclaren/the life of david/xi the kingcontinued.htm

The Story of Elijah, the Prophet
... said: "This is the arrow of victory; of victory over Syria; for you shall
smite the Syrians in Aphek and shall destroy them.". It ...
/.../marshall/the wonder book of bible stories/the story of elijah the.htm

The Ark of the House of Obed-Edom
... SAMUEL vi.11. Nearly seventy years had elapsed since the capture of the ark
by the Philistines on the fatal field of Aphek. They had ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture f/the ark of the house.htm

Faithlessness and Defeat
... Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside Eben-ezer:
and the Philistines pitched in Aphek.2. And the Philistines put themselves ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture f/faithlessness and defeat.htm

What Cestius did against the Jews; and How, Upon his Besieging ...
... army, and marched to Antipatris; and when he was informed that there was a great
body of Jewish forces gotten together in a certain tower called Aphek, he sent ...
/.../chapter 19 what cestius did.htm

Making the Best of Trouble
... time on.". Then the Philistines gathered all their forces at Aphek, and
the Israelites camped at the fountain in Jezreel. When the ...
/.../sherman/the childrens bible/making the best of trouble.htm

Herein is Declared what Befell the Sons of Eli, the Ark, and the ...
... Miserably. 1. About this time it was that the Philistines made war against
the Israelites, and pitched their camp at the city Aphek. Now ...
/.../josephus/the antiquities of the jews/chapter 11 herein is declared.htm

Of the Jews; of their Attempt at Building, and of the Heaven-Sent ...
... Bp. Wordsworth. Dict. Ch. Biog. ii. 513. To biblical instances may be added
the defeat of Sisera and the fall of Aphek. But, too ...
/.../theodoret/the ecclesiastical history of theodoret/chapter xv of the jews of.htm

Thesaurus
Aphek (9 Occurrences)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia APHEK. a'-fek ('apheq, "fortress"; Aphek):
(1) In Joshua 12:18 we should probably read with the ...
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Lassharon (1 Occurrence)
... la-sha'-ron, la-shar'-on (lashsharon or la-sharon, the King James Version Sharon):
A royal city of the Canaanites taken by Joshua, named with Aphek (Joshua 12 ...
/l/lassharon.htm - 7k

Lasharon (1 Occurrence)
... la-sha'-ron, la-shar'-on (lashsharon or la-sharon, the King James Version Sharon):
A royal city of the Canaanites taken by Joshua, named with Aphek (Joshua 12 ...
/l/lasharon.htm - 7k

Ebenezer (3 Occurrences)
... to commemorate the divine assistance to Israel in their great battle against the
Philistines, whom they totally routed (1 Samuel 7:7-12) at Aphek, in the ...
/e/ebenezer.htm - 9k

Eben-ezer (3 Occurrences)
... to commemorate the divine assistance to Israel in their great battle against the
Philistines, whom they totally routed (1 Samuel 7:7-12) at Aphek, in the ...
/e/eben-ezer.htm - 9k

Ben-ha'dad (26 Occurrences)
... (See RSV). 1 Kings 20:26 And it came to pass at the return of the year, that
Ben-hadad mustered the Arameans, and went up to Aphek, to fight against Israel. ...
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Aphik (1 Occurrence)
... Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. APHIK. a'-fik: Variant of APHEK (which
see). Multi-Version Concordance Aphik (1 Occurrence). Judges ...
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Ben-hadad (27 Occurrences)
... 1 Kings 20:26 And it came to pass at the return of the year, that Ben-hadad mustered
the Syrians, and went up to Aphek, to fight against Israel. ...
/b/ben-hadad.htm - 16k

Sharon (9 Occurrences)
... Others think that the mishor or table-land of Gilead is intended. (3) In Joshua
12:18 we should perhaps read "the king of Aphek in Sharon." See LASSHARON. ...
/s/sharon.htm - 13k

Ben (40 Occurrences)
... 1 Kings 20:26 It happened at the return of the year, that Ben Hadad mustered
the Syrians, and went up to Aphek, to fight against Israel. ...
/b/ben.htm - 20k

Concordance
Aphek (9 Occurrences)

Joshua 12:18
the king of Aphek, one; the king of Lassharon, one;
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Joshua 13:4
on the south; all the land of the Canaanites, and Mearah that belongs to the Sidonians, to Aphek, to the border of the Amorites;
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Joshua 19:30
Ummah also, and Aphek, and Rehob: twenty-two cities with their villages.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Judges 1:31
Asher drove not out the inhabitants of Acco, nor the inhabitants of Zidon, nor of Ahlab, nor of Achzib, nor of Helbah, nor of Aphik, nor of Rehob;
(See NIV)

1 Samuel 4:1
The word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out against the Philistines to battle, and encamped beside Ebenezer: and the Philistines encamped in Aphek.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Samuel 29:1
Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to Aphek: and the Israelites encamped by the spring which is in Jezreel.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Kings 20:26
It happened at the return of the year, that Ben Hadad mustered the Syrians, and went up to Aphek, to fight against Israel.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

1 Kings 20:30
But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and the wall fell on twenty-seven thousand men who were left. Ben Hadad fled, and came into the city, into an inner chamber.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

2 Kings 13:17
He said, "Open the window eastward;" and he opened it. Then Elisha said, "Shoot!" and he shot. He said, "Yahweh's arrow of victory, even the arrow of victory over Syria; for you shall strike the Syrians in Aphek, until you have consumed them."
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Subtopics

Aphek

Aphek: A City Between Damascus and Palestine: Ben-Hadad Defeated At

Aphek: A City of the Tribe of Asher

Aphek: A City of the Tribe of Asher: Called Aphik

Aphek: A City of the Tribe of Issachar: Philistines Defeat Israelites At

Aphek: A City of the Tribe of Issachar: Saul Killed At

Aphek: Probably the Same City As Mentioned in Joshua As a Royal City of the Canaanites

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Aphik (1 Occurrence)

Ben-hadad (27 Occurrences)

Sharon (9 Occurrences)

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Spring (122 Occurrences)

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Camped (100 Occurrences)

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Ummah (1 Occurrence)

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Innermost (22 Occurrences)

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Inspecteth (10 Occurrences)

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Defeat (16 Occurrences)

Mustered (28 Occurrences)

Mear'ah (1 Occurrence)

Mearah (1 Occurrence)

Phinehas (24 Occurrences)

Belongeth (36 Occurrences)

Consuming (26 Occurrences)

Cave (40 Occurrences)

Collapsed (8 Occurrences)

Camping (7 Occurrences)

Arah (3 Occurrences)

Aphekah (1 Occurrence)

Apharsites (1 Occurrence)

Arrow (34 Occurrences)

Sido'nians (11 Occurrences)

Sidonians (16 Occurrences)

Shooteth (4 Occurrences)

Shot (25 Occurrences)

Boundary (83 Occurrences)

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Shoot (51 Occurrences)

Window (24 Occurrences)

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Openeth (48 Occurrences)

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Eastward (72 Occurrences)

Escaped (94 Occurrences)

Joash (49 Occurrences)

Villages (106 Occurrences)

Borders (104 Occurrences)

Fountain (57 Occurrences)

Ahab (85 Occurrences)

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Chamber (73 Occurrences)

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