The Really Big Wall
|The Great Wall of China is nothing compared to the wall of Aphek|
“And the rest fled into the city of Aphek; and the wall fell upon twenty-seven thousand men that were left.” 1 Kings 20:30
That must have been a pretty big wall. To calculate the precise way that this happened, we must first of all calculate the size of Aphek.
Other articles we’ve published, such as Just How Big Was Nineveh, outlined the sizes of various walled cities. Nineveh, a “great city”, had a circumference of about seven miles (11.2 kilometres). Pompeii’s was about two miles (3.2 kilometres). Aphek is barely mentioned in the Bible and is never referred to as being great, therefore, we can assume that it was likely much smaller than either of these two cities. That would give it a circumference of less than two miles (3.2 kilometres). Let’s use 1.5 miles (2.4 kilometres) for this discussion. This size would be on the upper limit of what would be reasonable.
If these men were standing against the wall, shoulder to shoulder, they would each occupy about two linear feet (60 centimetres). That means that there would need to be seven concentric circles of men, standing against the wall when it fell. The entire wall must have fallen simultaneously, with none of the men getting out of the way, or shielding themselves. Also, the wall must have fallen outward in all places, as if there had been a great explosion, like the one that brought down the World Trade Center buildings.