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The Ophel (Hebrew: עופל‎) or Ophlas,[1][2] meaning fortified hill or risen area, is the biblical name given to a certain part of a settlement or city that is elevated from its surroundings. In the Bible the Ophel refers to the elevation in two cities: the City of David in the Old City of Jerusalem,[3] and at Samaria,[4] the ancient capital of the Kingdom of Israel.

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  1. ^ Lightfoot, John. 2007. From the Talmud and Hebraica, Vol. 1 (reprint). New York, New York: Cosimo. p. 62. ISBN 978-1-60206-406-5
  2. ^ Freedman, David Noel; editor. 2000. Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co., p. 990. ISBN 0-8028-2400-5
  3. ^ Book of Chronicles Chapter 27:3, 33:14
  4. ^ Book of Kings II, Chapter 5:24

Coordinates: 31°46′27″N 35°14′10″E / 31.77417°N 35.23611°E / 31.77417; 35.23611