Places in the Bible Today:

Aphek 3


Translated NameAphek
Notesin Aram; some sources treat it as two different sites, with the earlier at Tel Ein Gev and the later at Fiq
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3 Possible Identifications

  1. Tel Ein Gev (modern): 45% confidence
    1. ruins at Tel Ein GevTel Ein Gev

  2. Fiq (modern): 25% confidence
    1. ruins at FiqFiq

  3. Tell Soreg (modern): less than 10% confidence
    1. satellite view of the region around Tell SoregTell Soreg

Verses (3)

  1. 1Kgs 20:26, 20:30
  2. 2Kgs 13:17

Linked Data Identifiers

Logos FactbookAphek (of Aram) (2007)Aphek 3
OpenBible.infoa6fc60d (Aphek 3)
UBS Names Databaseot ID_327


  1. Aharoni, Land of the Bible (1979): page 430
  2. Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary (1992): Aphek (place)
  3. Archaeological Encyclopedia of the Holy Land (1990): Aphek; Antipatris
  4. Baker Encyclopedia of Bible Places (1995)
  5. Baker Illustrated Bible Dictionary (2013): Aphek
  6. Baly, Atlas of the Biblical World (1971): Aphek
  7. Baly, The Geography of the Bible (1974): page 216
  8. Carta Bible Atlas, 5th Edition (2011)
  9. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible (2000): Aphek
  10. ESV Bible Atlas (2010)
  11. Grollenberg, Atlas of the Bible (1957): Aphek
  12. Hammond Atlas of the Bible Lands (2007): Aphek
  13. HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (2011): Aphek
  14. HarperCollins Concise Atlas of the Bible (1991)
  15. Holman Illustrated Guide to Bible Geography (2020): page 248
  16. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1979): Aphek
  17. IVP Old Testament Bible Background Commentary (2000): 1Kgs 20:26
  18. Lexham Bible Dictionary (2016): Aphek of Aram
  19. New Bible Atlas (1985): Aphek, Lower
  20. New Bible Dictionary (1996): Aphek, Aphekah
  21. New Unger’s Bible Dictionary (1988)
  22. Oxford Bible Atlas, Fourth Edition (2007)
  23. Reader’s Digest Atlas of the Bible (1981): Aphek
  24. Tübingen Bible Atlas (2001): Apheka
  25. Westminster Historical Atlas to the Bible (1956): Aphek
  26. Zondervan Atlas of the Bible (2010)
  27. Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible (2010)
  28. Zondervan Illustrated Bible Backgrounds Commentary (2009): 2Kgs 13:17
  29. Zondervan Pictorial Bible Atlas (1972): page 113

Confidence Trends over Time

This chart indicates how confidence in the identifications is changing over time. Each dot (connected by a dotted line) reflects the confidence of an identification over the preceding ten years (e.g., the 2009 dot reflects scholarship from 2000 to 2009), and the corresponding solid line reflects a best-fit line for the identification. Confidences that cluster near or below 0% indicate low confidence. Because of the small dataset, it's best to use this chart for general trends; if one identification is trending much higher than the others, for example, then you can probably have higher confidence in the identification. This chart only reflects the sources I consulted (listed above), not an exhaustive review of the literature.

Places with Similar Names

Thumbnail Image Credits

Bukvoed, Jakednb, Contains modified Copernicus Sentinel data 2019


This page attempts to identify all the possible locations where this biblical place could be. The confidence levels add up to less than 100%, indicating that the modern location is uncertain. It's best to think about the confidences in relative rather than absolute terms. Often they reflect different schools of thought, each confident in their identifications.