Aphek [N] [H]
(strength ), the name of several places in Palestine.
- 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 )
- 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 .
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names
Bibliography InformationSmith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Aphek'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.