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Study Resources :: Dictionaries :: Fenced Cities

Dictionaries :: Fenced Cities

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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Fenced Cities:

There were in Palestine (1) cities, (2) unwalled villages, and (3) villages with castles or towers (1Ch 27:25). Cities, so called, had walls, and were thus fenced. The fortifications consisted of one or two walls, on which were towers or parapets at regular intervals (2Ch 32:5; Jer 31:38). Around ancient Jerusalem were three walls, on one of which were ninety towers, on the second fourteen, and on the third sixty. The tower of Hananeel, near the north-east corner of the city wall, is frequently referred to (Neh 3:1; 12:39; Zec 14:10). The gateways of such cities were also fortified (Neh 2:8; 3:3,6; Jdg 16:2,3; 1Sa 23:7).

The Hebrews found many fenced cities when they entered the Promised Land (Num 13:28; 32:17,34-42; Jos 11:12,13; Jdg 1:27-33), and we may estimate the strength of some of these cities from the fact that they were long held in possession by the Canaanites. The Jebusites, e.g., were enabled to hold possession of Jerusalem till the time of David (2Sa 5:6,7; 1Ch 11:5).

Several of the kings of Israel and Judah distinguished themselves as fortifiers or "builders" of cities.

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Fenced Cities:

See FORTIFICATION

Smith's Bible Dictionary

Fenced Cities:

i.e. cities fortified or defended. The fortifications of the cities of Palestine, thus regularly "fenced," consisted of one or more walls (sometimes of thick stones, sometimes of combustible material) crowned with battlemented parapets, having towers at regular intervals (2 Chronicles 32:5; Jeremiah 31:38) on which in later times engines of war were placed, and watch was kept by day and night in time of war (Judges 9:45; 2 Kings 9:17; 2 Chronicles 26:9; 26:15)

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