What was a fortified city? (Joshua19:29, NIV)

29 The boundary then turned back toward Ramah and went to the fortified city of Tyre, turned toward Hosah and came out at the Mediterranean Sea in the region of Akzib,

Joshua 19:29

ESV - 29 Then the boundary turns to Ramah, reaching to the fortified city of Tyre. Then the boundary turns to Hosah, and it ends at the sea; Mahalab, Achzib.

Clarify Share Report Asked February 06 2019 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
As far as I am aware, a fortified city was one that was surrounded by a thick, high wall with watchtowers and closable gates built into it, as well as by ramparts (barriers) or trenches outside of it that were meant to prevent a hostile force from gaining entry to the city by storming it. I believe that such a city also usually included a high stone tower within the walls that could serve as an observation post; as a defensive shelter in which the inhabitants of the city could take refuge to escape enemy forces that had managed to gain entry into the city; and also as a point from which projectiles or hot liquids could be cast down or poured upon enemy forces (as happened, for example, to Abimelech at Thebez in Judges 9:50-54).

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