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The name Aphek refers to either:

  • A city of the tribe of Asher. It was the scene of the licentious worship of the Syrian Aphrodite. The ruins of the temple, "magnificent ruins" in a "spot of strange wildness and beauty", are still seen at Afka, on the north-west slopes of Lebanon, near the source of the river Adonis (now Nahr Ibrahim), 12 miles east of Gebal.
  • A city of Asher from which the Canaanites were not driven out (Judges 1:31), 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 battle in which the sons of Eli were killed. (1 Samuel 4:1 )
  • A city of the tribe of Issachar, near to Jezreel (1 Sam. 4:1; 29:1; comp. 28:4). The scene of another encampment of the Philistines, which led to the defeat and death of Saul.
  • A town on the road from Damascus to Palestine, near which Benhadad was defeated by the Israelites (1 Kings 20:26, 30; 2 Kings 13:17).It is now found in Fik, at the head of the Wady Fik, six miles east of the Sea of Galilee.

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Aphek - Walking in Their Sandals - location profile (337 words)
The fourth city named Aphek was located eleven miles northeast of Joppa and nine miles inland from the coast on the Sharon Plain.
Aphek was situated at a strategic place on the International Coastal Highway.
During the conquest of Canaan (1400 B.C.) Joshua and the Israelites killed the king of Aphek (on the Sharon Plain) and conquered the city (Josh 12:18).
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