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WALLS . In Palestine the principal cities were protected by surrounding walls, sometimes of great size. That of Gezer, for instance, was fourteen feet thick. These walls were built of stones, set in mud, or else of brick. The walls of houses were generally ill-built structures of the same materials. The choice of material varied with the locality: Lachish ( Tell el-Hesy ), for example, was almost entirely a brick town; in Gezer brick is the exception. See also artt. City; Fortification, 1 ; House, 4 . For the walls of Jerusalem, which may be taken as typical of a city wall, see Jerusalem.

R. A. S. Macalister.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Walls'. Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible. 1909.

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