Bible Cities: Aphek
Aphek is the name of four places in the Bible, a city on the plain of Sharon; a city on the northern edge of ancient Canaan; a city within the tribe of Asher; and a city to the east of the Sea of Galilee.
Aphek in Easton's Bible Dictionary
(Judg. 1:31); Aphek (Josh. 13:4; 19:30), stronghold. (1.) A
of the tribe of Asher. It was the scene of the
worship of the Syrian Aphrodite. The ruins of the
"magnificent ruins" in a "spot of strange wildness
are still seen at Afka, on the north-west slopes of
near the source of the river Adonis (now Nahr
Ibrahim), 12 miles
east of Gebal.
(2.) A city of the tribe of Issachar, near to
Jezreel (1 Sam.
4:1; 29:1; comp. 28:4).
(3.) A town on the road from Damascus to Israel,
level plain east of Jordan, near which Benhadad was
the Israelites (1 Kings 20:26, 30; 2 Kings 13:17).
It has been
identified with the modern Fik, 6 miles east of the
Galilee, opposite Tiberias.
Aphek in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
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
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
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.
Aphek in Hitchcock's Bible Names
Aphek in Naves Topical Bible
1. A city of the tribe of Asher
-2. A city of the tribe of Issachar
Philistines defeat Israelites at
Saul killed at
Probably the same city as mentioned in Joshua as a royal
city of the Canaanites
-3. A city between Damascus and Israel
Ben-hadad defeated at
Aphek in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(strength), the name of several places in Israel.
1. A royal city of the Canaanites, the king of which
was killed by Joshua, Jos 12:18 probably the same as APHEKAH
2. A city, apparently in the extreme north of Asher,
Jos 19:30 from which the Canaanites were not ejected, Jud
1:31 though here it is APHIK. This is probably the same
place as APHEK,
Jos 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.
1Sa 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. 1Sa 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.
1Ki 20:26 It is now found in Fik, at the head of the Wady
Fik, six miles east of the Sea of Galilee.
Aphek in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
a'-fek ('apheq, "fortress"; Aphek):
(1) In Josh 12:18 we should probably read with the
Septuagint "the king of Aphek in Sharon." This may
correspond to Aphek in 1 Sam 4:1. It was a royal city of the
Canaanites whose king was slain by Josh. 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
(Josh 13:4). The inhabitants were not ejected by Asher, nor
is it said that they became tributary (Jdg 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 Sam 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 Sam 29:11), it may be
identical with the Aphek in the plain of Sharon (compare
(4) A city on the plateau east of the Jordan, where disaster
befell Benhadad (1 Ki 20:26,30). The same place may be
intended in 2 Ki 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
Aphek Scripture - 1 Kings 20:26
And it came to pass at the return of the year, that Benhadad
numbered the Syrians, and went up to Aphek, to fight against
Aphek Scripture - 1 Kings 20:30
But the rest fled to Aphek, into the city; and [there] a wall
fell upon twenty and seven thousand of the men [that were]
left. And Benhadad fled, and came into the city, into an inner
Aphek Scripture - 1 Samuel 29:1
Now the Philistines gathered together all their armies to
Aphek: and the Israelites pitched by a fountain which [is] in
Aphek Scripture - 1 Samuel 4:1
And the word of Samuel came to all Israel. Now Israel went out
against the Philistines to battle, and pitched beside
Ebenezer: and the Philistines pitched in Aphek.
Aphek Scripture - 2 Kings 13:17
And he said, Open the window eastward. And he opened [it].
Then Elisha said, Shoot. And he shot. And he said, The arrow
of the LORD'S deliverance, and the arrow of deliverance from
Syria: for thou shalt smite the Syrians in Aphek, till thou
have consumed [them].
Aphek Scripture - Joshua 12:18
The king of Aphek, one; the king of Lasharon, one;
Aphek Scripture - Joshua 13:4
From the south, all the land of the Canaanites, and Mearah
that [is] beside the Sidonians, unto Aphek, to the borders of
Aphek Scripture - Joshua 19:30
Ummah also, and Aphek, and Rehob: twenty and two cities with
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